Palaeoecology course 2022 in the heathland

September 19, 2022
WDG

Two of our field days for the University of Amsterdam (UvA) BSc Palaeoecology course took place in the heathland around Hilversum. This region is particularly interesting for exploring past environmental change because it includes glacial topography from the Saalian glaciation (c. 300,000-130,000 years ago), evidence of polar deserts from end of the last ice age (c. 20,000 years ago), and ancient soils which contain evidence of past landscapes during the Holocene (last 11,700 years). Furthermore, burial mounds and other earth works provide evidence of the thousands of years of human habitation and landscape modification.

During the excisions we visited the local geology museum (Geologisch Museum Hofland) to get an overview of the landscape, collected data to characterise the local vegetation, and discovered buried soils containing evidence of landscapes during the medieval period (c. 1500-500 years ago), the mid-Holocene (c. 5,000-6,000 years ago) and the end of the last ice age.

Mapping Ancient Africa: Seminar 5

April 7, 2022
WDG

The fifth in Mapping Ancient Africa (MAA) online seminar series will take place on Monday 11 April at 17:00 CEST. This seminar will focus on past vegetation change in Africa.

The seminar will be delivered via Zoom. The link for the seminar can be obtained from the MAA Slack page, or from seminar chair and chaired by William Gosling

For more about the African Pollen Database check out:

For further information on seminars in this series visit the MAA schedule page.

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Sex & Bugs & Rock 'n Roll

When Jennie Dennett of BBC Radio Cumbria heard that we were taking Cumbrian dung beetles to Glastonbury, she immediately got in touch to find out more and invited us to give an interview at their studios in Carlisle. Our activity “How Gross is Your Festival Kit” gave her an idea – drawing presenter Mike Zeller away from the studio under the pretence of a meeting, a member of the studio team took sneaky swabs of his kit and posted them to us at the Lancaster Environment Centre. We duly plated them out and incubated them to see what’s population the BBC Radio Cumbria studio.

On Friday, we arrived at the studio with some nasty-looking growths on agar plates, which we were able to produce on cue when Mike asked us about the activity.

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BBC Radio Cumbria videoed the whole thing and have posted it on Facebook here.

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BES TEG ECRM 2017

February 6, 2017
WDG

9TH EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER MEETING Integrating Tropical Ecology Across Biomes and Continents 29-31 March 2017 LANCASTER ENVIRONMENT CENTRE, LANCASTER UNIVERSITY Join us at Lancaster Environment Ce…

Source: BES TEG ECRM 2017

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