Two postdoc postions open!

We are looking for two scientists that will help us create a new spot on the scientific map, please see below.

Journal of Ecology: masting improves seed dispersal

A new paper out today shows that per seed dispersal rates increase with population-level seed production in rowan (Sorbus aucuparia). This is the second published chapter of a Ph.D. Student Barbara Seget, Ph.D. defense soon!

Nature Comm: determinants of forest fecundity

Out today in Nature Communications, our new synthesis explores limits to forest fecundity. Highlights include that seed size and number trade-off is not strict, with large-seeded tree species producing more reproductive biomass than expected. Flowering trees are more fecund than gymnosperms, and intraspecific variation in responses to fertility gradients masks community responses to soil fertility….

Ecology Letters: global fecundity gradients

We have just published yet another paper that resulted from MASTIF network, a global dataset assembled under the leadership of Jim Clark. The paper was lead by ‪Valentin Journé, and here is how Jim summarized the work at his website: Online this week in Ecology Letters: In MASTIF, the discovery of a 250-fold increase in seed abundance…

ERC Starting Grant

Lots of masting research coming! I have been awarded the ERC Starting grant that will now fund 5 years of various exciting research tasks concerning how trees reproduce, why they do it like that, and how climate change is affecting trees reproduction. We will be hiring postdocs, Ph.D. students, and more. Watch this space!

PNAS: predator satiation

A fresh meta-analysis of 48 studies published now in PNAS shows support for a number of long-standing theories, including that satiation is more effective further from the equator. It also shows that masting becomes less effective at satiating predators over time, likely an effect of warming.

Tansley Medal

I am honored and proud to share that I have been awarded Tansley Medal from New Phytologist for excellence in plant science. Here is the associated Tansley Insight, where I write about global changes and seed production.

PRSB: virus, wild boars, and oaks

We published a paper, in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, showing that the ASF epidemic that hit Central Europe over last years, and led to declines in wild boars numbers, indirectly increases oaks regeneration. We made it to the cover! There is the New Scientist article on this here. And press coverage in…

New Phytologist: costs and benefits of masting

Predator satiation decreases the costs of reproduction per surviving offspring. But high density resulting from the concentration of reproduction into intermittent events can outweigh the benefits. How does this resolve in Sorbus aucuparia? Check out our new paper!