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

The very first #WorldPeatlandsDay!

Tuesday 2nd June, 2020, marked the first ever World Peatlands Day – a celebration of all things boggy, swampy, sucky, blanket-y, fen-y, etc.  The International Peatland Society launched the event in August 2019, to draw attention to peatlands as being a unique ecosystem type, with a unique set of values and challenges associated with their … 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

Historical and future contributions of inland waters to the Congo basin carbon balance

Adam Hastie provides a brief summary of the paper him and his colleagues team are awaiting publication of. Adam Hastie et al.- Currently under review in Earth System Dynamics– https://www.earth-syst-dynam-discuss.net/esd-2020-3/ License- Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License As part of my PhD at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under Pierre Regnier, I used the ORCHILEAK land … 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

Report from the latest gathering of the UK TPWGroup

Here is a short report on the latest meeting of the UK TPWG, written by Lydia Cole. (This post was first posted here on the UK TPWG website.) On 30th January, Prof Sue Page and Dr Sara Thornton hosted a meeting of the UK Tropical Peatland Working Group (UK TPWG).  An assortment of researchers gathered for one day … Read more

The Jungle Book Part II: Still no Paddington

Lydia Cole returns to tell a few tales of her recent stint of fieldwork in the Peruvian Amazon, as part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project: Valuing Intact Tropical Peatlands: an Interdisciplinary Challenge. In early December, I returned to a cold and dark Scotland after two months in a warm and sunny Peru. Although, after spending … Read more