Joining LESSEM and mastif in Grenoble

I now joined the mastif project, led by Jim Clark. I will work with Georges Kunstler, Benoit Courbaud, Valentin Journe, and Jim Clark on pattern and process driving seed production of forests trees at a global scale. This is going to be EXCITING. The fellowship is funded by Bekker programme.

City of Poznań Science Award

Last month, I was awarded with City of Poznań Science Award. This is great honour: the award is given annually, since 1927, to one scientist from one of the city universities. Go masting seeding! 🙂

Interview in Wyborcza

Last week, I talked with Mateusz Jarmusz from Wyborcza about mast seeding and climate change. We discussed about what masting is, how warming change plants reproductive cycle, and what does it mean for humans and forests. The interview is in polish, here.

Ecology: continental synchrony in beech masting

Our paper on drivers of continental scale synchrony in European beech masting is now online at Ecology, check it our here. Lots of very cool results, including but not limited to: 1) Moran effect is the driver of synchrony of beech seed production at the continental level, 2) Beech masting has a clear geographical gradient…

Writing science

In the new issue of “Życie uniwersyteckie” (a newspaper run by Adam Mickiewicz University) you can find an article based on an interview with me that discusses science, masting, and scientific publishing. In polish, on page 11.

Global Change Biology: masting break-down

Our paper on warming effects on beech masting is out in Global Change Biology. This is a third paper on that dataset. One, in Nature Plants, showed that warming is leading to a decrease in interannual variability and synchrony of masting with consequences for beech fitness: increased seed predation and decreased pollination. In another one,…

Harper Prize at Journal of Ecology

Our conditional mutualism paper published last year in Journal of Ecology has been shortlisted for Harper Prize. We used a heuristic model to gauge whether an interaction between oaks and rodent in Central Europe is beneficial for the plants or not. And, despite quite an increase in germination rates of dispersed seeds, our estimates implied…

Nature: North American trees fecundity and climate change

Younger, smaller trees that comprise much of North America’s eastern forests have increased their seed production under climate change, but older, larger trees that dominate forests in much of the West have been less responsive. Declines in these trees’ seed production, or fecundity, could limit western forests’ ability to regenerate following the large-scale diebacks, linked…

Growing seasons and seed production

Paper looking at the relationships between seed production and crown duration is out today in European Journal of Forest Research. The starting idea was to test if we can see some carbon limitation in seed production in trees by using crown duration (time between start and end of leaf season) as a proxy of carbon…

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!