For Ecol Man: landscape of fear

In a recent work, led by Fiona Milne-Rostowska, we analysed spatial patterns of rowan regeneration in an alpine forest. We looked for safe sites for rowan regeneration, and found that the best places are near hiking trials and places full of downed logs. In other words, in places that deer can find dangerous. Read more…

Annals of Botany: plant size and masting

In a new study, accepted today in Annals of Botany, we report a number of very intriguing results. First, masting correlates quite strongly with plant size. Small plants produce very little seeds, produce them infrequently (fail very often), which elevates their inter-annual variability as measured by coefficient of variation (CV). These small individuals have also…

Major grant to study resource dynamics in plants

Polish National Science Centre awarded me a large grant (~200 000 euro) to experimentally evaluate the role of resource dynamics in the reproduction of masting plants. The objective of the proposed project is to provide an evaluation of the role of plant resource dynamics in driving plant reproductive behavior known as masting. In theory, the…

Ecology Letters: seed size and plant recruitment

Our meta-analysis on the effects of small mammals on seed removal and plant recruitment has just been published in Ecology Letters. In a global literature review and meta‐analysis, we demonstrate that seed size predicts small mammal seed predation patterns and their effects on plant recruitment in a unimodal pattern at global scales, as predicted by…

New Phytologist: forest fecundity resilient to drought

We’ve just got the paper accepted in the New Phytologist! This one report the results of 18-years long rainfall reduction experiment that is running in Catalonia under the supervision of Josep Penuelas. To our surprise, we found no effects of the reduced soil water content on the fecundity of trees growing at the experimental plots….

Nature Plants: global warming breaks down masting

In our new study, published today in Nature Plants, we used a 39 year-long dataset and showed that climate warming over recent decades has increased seed production of European beech, but decreased the annual variability of seed production and the reproductive synchrony among individuals. Consequently, the benefits that the plants gained from masting has declined….

2019 in numbers

As in the last year, I prepared very quick overview of the year. I lost my computer and some data in the late summer, so not all stuff is included – I cannot count number of review pages I wrote, as I do not have them all…. the rest should be more or less valid,…

Nature Plants: masting and nutrients

Our recent study, done by an international team of scientist led by Marcos Fernandez Martinez from University of Antwerp, is now published in Nature Plants. In the paper, we used a huge dataset of seed production and nutrient status of plants, and showed that plants that are nutrient-poor show stronger masting (larger year-to-year variability) in…

Global Change Biology: masting in ageing forests

In our new paper, just accepted for publication in Global Change Biology, we analysed huge data set of seed production in all major European forest-forming species. The data collection started just after World War II, so we had the exciting opportunity to look at the trends in trees fecundity. We focused on the trees masting…

Grant funded! Genetics in masting

Polish National Science Centre has just funded our research proposal to study the genetic basis of masting using rowan as a model species. Very exciting work ahead 🙂 The PI of the project is Magdalena Żywiec, and other coPIs include our gene-specialsits Igor Chybicki i Jarosław Burczyk. Here is part of the abstract with our…

Ecology Letters: agenda for experiments in masting

Our perspective paper was just accepted in Ecology Letters. In the paper, we review the most relevant proximate drivers of masting and outline a research agenda that takes the biology of masting from a largely observational field of ecology to one rooted in mechanistic understanding. We divide the experimental framework into three main processes: resource…

Joining Editorial Board of Journal of Ecology

I have been appointed as Associate Editor in Journal of Ecology. As this is surely one of the very best ecological journals, and also my favorite one, I could not be more excited! I will be handling papers dealing with forest ecology, particularly issues related more generally to population ecology, seed ecology, and masting. I…