February was an exciting month for me principally because of the finalization of my move to the University of Amsterdam (UvA) where I will become head of Paleo and Landscape Ecology in September. The decision to leave The Open University (OU) has been a difficult one. When I joined the OU as a RCUK Research Fellow in Ecosystem Science in 2005 I would not have believed that I would be in a position to take on a job such as the one in Amsterdam only nine years later. Building the group here during the last nine years has been a lot of fun and I have got to work with some great people. Stand out moments include:
There have been many more amazing things here but I don’t want to swamp this post with a retrospective of my OU career…
Ongoing excitement within the PCRG is happening on a number of fronts:
Bush, M.B., Flenley, J.R. & Gosling, W.D. (eds) (2011) Tropical Rainforest Responses to Climatic Change, 2nd edn. Springer/Praxis, Chichester.
Cárdenas, M.L., Gosling, W.D., Sherlock, S.C., Poole, I., Pennington, R.T. & Mothes, P. (2011) The response of vegetation on the Andean flank in western Amazonia to Pleistocene climate change. Science, 331, 1055-1058.
Silvertown, J., Gosling, W.D., Halliday, T., O’Donnell, D., Robinson, D., Sarre, P., Skelton, P., Freeland, J. & Roberts, C. (2010) Fragile Web what next for nature? Natural History Museum, London.