Category: Nick Loughlin

Loughlin PhD Thesis 2018

Loughlin, N.J.D. (2017) Changing human impact on the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. PhD Thesis. School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, The Open University. Abstract: The montane cloud forests of South America are some of the most biodiverse habitats in…

Ecological consequences of post-Columbian indigenous depopulation in the Andean-Amazonian corridor

Loughlin, N.J.D., Gosling, W.D., Mothes, P., Montoya, E. (2018) Ecological consequences of post-Columbian indigenous depopulation in the Andean-Amazonian corridor. Nature Ecology and Evolution. DOI : 10.1038/s41559-018-0602-7

Identifying environmental drivers of fungal non-pollen palynomorphs in the montane forest of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador.

Open acess, online: Loughlin, N.J.D., Gosling, W.D. & Montoya, E. (2017) Identifying environmental drivers of fungal non-pollen palynomorphs in the montane forest of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. Quaternary Research. DOI: 10.1017/qua.2017.73

Landscape-scale drivers of glacial ecosystem change in the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador

Open acess, online: Loughlin, N.J.D., Gosling, W.D., Coe, A.L., Gulliver, P., Mothes, P. & Montoya, E. (2017) Landscape-scale drivers of glacial ecosystem change in the montane forests of the eastern Andean flank, Ecuador. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.10.011

British Ecological Society annual meeting 2016

The British Ecological Society (BES) annual meeting for 2016 has come to an end. It has seemed like a long week (and it is only Thursday) because it has been so action packed. For me it commenced on Sunday when I helped out with…

Tropical Botany in Belize: Part 2 – Las Cuevas

Tropical Botany in Belize By Nick Loughlin As mentioned in my last post I have recently returned from a 2 week field course in tropical botany run by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) in conjunction with their MSc course on the ‘Biodiversity and Taxonomy…

Tropical Botany in Belize: Part 1 – An Introduction

Tropical Botany in Belize by Nick Loughlin Getting back to the UK after fieldwork is always jarring and this time is certainly no different, the change from 32°C days walking through the savanna and lowland forests of Belize to the -2°C early mornings walking through snow in…

Recent reading

In the news: First Farmers Were Also Sailors, by Michael Balter in Science. John Bostock: The man who ‘discovered’ hay fever, by Justin Parkinson in BBC News Magazine. DNA study shows yeti is real (sort of) – and Oxford scientist prepares expedition to find it, by Adam…

What’s happening to the cloud forest?

Ecology of the past contributor Nick Loughlin recently won second place as the “peoples choice” in The Open University research student poster competition. To see other competition entries click here.

Recent reading

One short story and five scientific papers thinking about different aspects of ecological change through time. Short story: Checkhov, A. (1889) The Pipe SUMMARY (Will): People have long been concerned about environmental change. Observations of phenological shifts, degradation of ecosystem services and climate change are clearly…

The Anthropocene: A governance perspective

Nick Loughlin on: Biermann, F. (2014) The Anthropocene: A governance perspective. The Anthropocene Review, 1, 57-61. This comment piece looks at the Anthropocene as a political construct and a tool to constrain the concept of ‘Earth System Governance’ within the social sciences. To quote…

The Anthropocene Review – reviewed

The Anthropocene Review is a new journal focusing on the impact of humans on planet Earth through time; information on the latest publications can be found on the associated blog. Given that much of the research we are interested in relates human-environment interactions in…