Large grant: role of pollen limitation in masting

I just received large grant from Polish National Science Foundation (over 100 000 euro) to run some cool masting experiments 😉 We will experimentally evaluate the role pollen limitation as a synchronizing factor in masting of oaks. We are going to test both density-dependence of pollen limitation, as well as phenology-dependence of it (see e.g….

Wind pollination, phenology, and masting – new paper in Ecology!

Both oaks and beech mast, i.e. show extremely high variability in seed production. In the new paper, now accepted in Ecology, we show that the mechanisms that lead to this variation are totally different between these species. The study was successful thanks to a work of a number of great researchers, with the great contribution…

Interviewed again ;) Gazeta Olsztyńska on our research

Adam Nowiński, journalist at Gazeta Olsztyńska, asked me several questions about the connection between Lyme disease risk in humans and acorn production. The interview is available online here (in Polish). The study was published last year in Basic and Applied Ecology.

Global changes and masting paper awarded

Our paper published recently in Journal of Ecology (you might read about our findings here or here) just received the award in the competition for “The best original work by a PhD student published in 2016”, awarded by Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN). Cool to be noticed 🙂

Interview on masting and Lyme disease in Wyborcza

Few weeks ago I talked with Margit Kossobudzka about our research on mast seeding and Lyme disease. The interview is now published in Wyborcza (national-wide polish newspaper), and you can read it under this link. Enjoy! 🙂 You can also check the older posts about this work, e.g. here. And, of course, the original scientific paper here!…

New Scientist on our Lyme disease research!

In the April issue of New Scientist Chelsea Whyte write about the relationship between oak mast seeding, tick and rodent populations, and Lyme boreliosis risk in humans. The article is, of course, heavily based on the work of Richard Ostfeld lab, but they mention also our recent work. You can read the original story in the…

6 months at CREAF, Barcelona

This week I moved to Barcelona to work with Josep Espelta and Raul Bonal on different aspects of plant-animal interactions. We plan to finish two projects. One is on the weevil infestation in red oaks that are invasive in Europe. We gathered a bunch of data that shows that red oaks escape predation which might…

DBU scholarschip for predators ecology

This post will be in polish as the offer is adressed to polish students (by the Foundation that founded it, not us :)). Mój kolega Zbyszek Borowski (IBL, Warszawa) poszukuje studenta do pomocy przy projekcie badającym ekologie interakcji szczytowych (wilk) i średnich drapieżników. Projekt będzie wykonywany w większości na terenie Niemiec, gdzie opiekunem będzie Dr….

Warmer water temperature mess up with insects late-season phenology

Our research on mayflies testing the hypothesis laid-out by Hans Van Dyck et al. (2015) in forum article in Oikos is out today in Scientific Reports. We showed that increased water temperature delays the development and emergence of the mayfly (Baetis liebenauae) into late autumn. Since the water temperature during these days is quite low insects…

Test of “Lost generation hypothesis” accepted in Scientific Reports

Our paper showing that increased water temperature delays late-season phenology of mayfly was accepted today in Scientific Reports. In short, alternated regime of water temperature in rivers distunes insects inner clock. The larvae molted into subimago in late(er) autumn on the heated river. However, in late autumn temperature of water is already pretty low. Since…

Journal of Ecology blog-post about our work

I have written the lay summary of our research about the effects of nitrogen deposition on reproduction in red oak (as a model species that mast). You can read what I wrote here. 🙂 I just would like to add that similar direct effects of global changes (not only increasing nitrogen deposition, but also others…