Fellowship to INRA

We are ending the 2020 with some good news: the proposal to fund my fellowship at INRA (Grenoble, France) was granted by Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange. We are going to Alps in 2021/2022 to work in Jim Clark lab on climate change impacts on forest reproduction. Can’t wait!

Kelly commentary on our New Phytologist selection paper

Dave Kelly wrote a comment on our paper, highlighting the neat parts. Here is a fragment: “In the recently published article in New Phytologist, Bogdziewicz et al., (2020c; doi: 10.1111/nph.16835) test the predator satiation theory, in an article that is important in two ways. First, they provide an elegant example of how masting, a population‐level…

Joining Editors at Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Starting this month, I will be working together with an international team of experts at Agricultural and Forest Meteorology to continue creating an outlet for bioclimatic studies. Exciting times ahead. Submit your paper on forest – climate interface and pass them to me! I am looking forward to reading your exciting work!

Cover in Ecology Letters

Our paper is on the cover of December 2020 issue of Ecology Letters. Read the paper here, and check out some photos and backstage story here.

Podcast on our flowering synchrony paper

Plants and Pippetts did amazing podcast on our recent flowering synchrony paper, you can listen to them here. Its a second chapter of 9th October 2020 podcast. They did amazing work summarizing a whole bunch of masting theory in just couple of minutes. Must-hear for all masting enthusiasts 🙂 Check also other articles and podcasts…

Cover in Annals of Botany

Our recent paper on covariation between plant size and masting made it to the cover of Annals of Botany. Rowan picture by Magda Żywiec, co-author of the study and PI of the long-term monitoring program of rowan at Babia Góra. Read the story here.

Ecology Letters: phenological synchrony

New paper in Ecology Letters! Pollen additions on oaks to test the phenological synchrony hypothesis by Walt Koenig. Read it here, and see some pics from the field work below 🙂

Drivers of flowering synchrony

New paper alert 🙂 Flowering synchrony of trees can be driven by lots of factors. Two hypotheses were recently formulated and summarized in our Ecology Letters paper: There are at least two mechanisms through which weather variability can affect phenological synchrony. The microclimatic hypothesis, proposed originally as a part of the phenological synchrony hypothesis (Koenig…

New Phytologist: benefits of masting

In that study, we used data from seven plant species to determine whether pre‐dispersal seed predation selects for plant phenotypes that mast. Predation selected for inter‐annual variability in Mediterranean oaks (Q. humilis and Q. ilex ), for synchrony in Q. rubra , and for both inter‐annual variability and reproductive synchrony in S. aucuparia and P….

Current Biology: selection for masting

New paper alert! Check it our at the pages of Current Biology. Here are highlights: Predation and pollination select for masting in European beech The population-level phenomenon (synchrony) is driven by individual-level selection Trees responsive to weather cues are more variable and better synchronized Climate change increased selection pressure for masting from seed predators

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…