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…

480 cages for germination experiment ready to go!

It was intense week 🙂 We have buried 480 experimental cages all around the forests near Krzyż Wlkp. (Poland). These are for my grant “Apparent predation in rodent seed dispersal: how does the introduction of an alien plant influence the native plant – seed disperser interaction?” financed by Polish National Science Center. Using the cages…

Our Lyme disease paper among most downloaded articles in BAE

Small success 😉 Our paper showing the connection between oak mast seeding and Lyme disease risk in humans is ranked as one of the most downloaded papers in last 90 days in Basic and Applied Ecology. Check our the ranking here 🙂 I wrote more about this story in past post, and in the awarded popular…

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!…

Foundation for Polish Science Scholarship

Foundation for Polish Science awarded me with scholarship “START”. The scholarship was awared to 121 young scientists and the success rate was ~9% (1291 candidates applied). I am really proud to get that one – the evaluation of proposals  is based on the quality of published articles rather then on their quantity. Cool and thank you…

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! 🙂    

Oikos Editor-in-Chief Dries Bonte about our work!

Oikos Editor in Chief Dries Bonte wrote on Oikos blog about our meta-analysis “How do vertebrates respond to mast seeding?”. More people will hear about our work, cool! 🙂 Clik here to read the whole post by Dries.

Test of predator dispersal hypothesis published in Oecologia

Our paper testing the predator dispersal hypothesis in European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is now assigned to March issue of Oecologia! In the article we showed that masting increases beech recruitment through satiation of seed predators that act simultaneously as seed dispersers (i.e. rodents). Importantly, we showed that the situation occurs after seed removal. This is…