Pollen vs Covid

A welcome reflection on lockdown and the perspective gifted by palynology, penned by Dael Sassoon. Mauritia, Mauritia, Alchornea, Cecropia, Mauritia, Poaceae… and so the list continues until all the 500 pollen grains are safely stored in my excel spreadsheet, one sample after the other. Soon the spreadsheet turns into a precious database reflecting changes in … Read more

Mapping Ecosystem Services in the tropics using UAVs

Integration of high resolution imagery from UAVs for Mapping of Provisioning Ecosystem Services in the tropics Ximena Tagle provides a summary of her Ph.D. research topic I’m halfway of my Ph.D. research at the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing at  Wageningen University and Research (WUR), in collaboration with the Research Institute of the … Read more

And the award goes to…..Nina!

Our very own Nina Laurie, Professor of Human Geography in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, has been awarded a Busk Medal by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and Institute of British Geographers (IBG), for her work with marginalised and indigenous people in South America and South Asia. … Read more

Talking peat with the public (in lockdown)!

A report from Adam Hastie, who recently took the plunge and was interviewed in a live, online forum, open to the public, about his work on mapping the Amazon’s peatlands.  Great work, Adam!  I recently took part in an online interview and discussion about my current research with InterSci Edinburgh under the title “How understanding, … Read more

Modelling (peat accumulation) in the USA

A short report from a recent trip Adam Hastie made to learn from colleagues at the University of New Hampshire, USA. I recently went to visit Steve Frolking and Claire Treat at the University of New Hampshire (Durham) to learn how to use the HPMTrop model (Kurnianto et al., 2015). HPMTrop is a 1D model … Read more

NERC project “Carbon Storage in Amazonian Peatlands: Distribution and Dynamics” begins

Our new NERC-funded project officially begins today, with the appointment of Dr Greta Dargie as a PDRA at St Andrews. Greta will be leading field and lab data collection, initially working with colleagues at IIAP in Iquitos. Greta has been in the news recently in relation to her pioneering work in mapping Congolese peatlands: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/12/congo-basin-swamps-peatlands-carbon-climate-change.

Freddie Draper joins the team

Freddie has joined us at Leeds to study for a PhD, having just completed a BSc (Hons) in Ecology at Aberdeen. He co-organised an expedition to work on Peruvian forests as part of his BSc. Freddie will be working under the supervision of Katy Roucoux, Tim Baker and Ian Lawson on the past and present … Read more