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….

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…

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…

Autumn field season is over

We have finished month-long intense field work testing the mechanisms of red oak invasion in European forests. During last few weeks we have sowed acorns of both species at different distances from trees (of red oak and European oak) to test whether seed transportation by rodents positively affects germination probability of acorns. We have also conducted seed…

Journal of Ecology paper available online

The main paper of my PhD thesis is now available online (not proof read yet, though) at the Journal of Ecology site. You can also find it at my RG profile. Hope you will like it! 🙂

Effects of masting on rodent space use accepted in Ecology and Evolution!

In the work we have used the spatially-explicit capture-recapture models (developed by Murray Efford) to study how mast seeding and density affects the home range size of the yellow-necked mouse. Mast seeding is well-known to increase rodent density. Thus, any effects of masting on animal space use were invoked to be the consequence of dramatic…

Field Technician for red oak project

I am looking for an assistant to work with me at the project investigating the impact of invasion of red oak on the regeneration potential of native oaks in Poland. The advert is in Polish, but do not hesitate to contact me in case you would like to participate but do not know this language!…

Popular-science article about acorns, Google, and Lyme disease!

My article describing the use of Google Trends in science has been awarded in polish competition “Skomplikowane i proste: młodzi uczeni o swoich badaniach”. It is now assigned to the April issue of the journal. Unfortunately, only in polish. For those that can read in polish, hope you will like it:) Here is the pdf-file with…

Field work lunched!

For the past few days we built enclosures for small mammals at Gorzowska Forest. These are for Rafał project and we are going to test whether animal personality matters when it comes to plant-animal interactions. Here are some pics, enjoy! 🙂