New year, first flowers and some new ideas

Scilla bifolia - detail b/wFirst plants at the beginning of February already, you wonder? And yes, there are quite many plants flowering already. The hazel was flowering at the beginning of January when we had some sunny days and since than winter did not really come. There were several days with nice sunshine and rather high temperatures of around 10°C. Those temperatures make plants think it is spring already and to be honest, also me :). I have to remind myself lately quite often that there could still be some really cold days coming. We humans have not so big problems adapting to this as plants and insects do.

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Toulouse and a Meta-Analysis

My recent weeks were pretty tough with a lot to do and take care of. Now I finally find some time again to write some lines as a kind of update.

Toulouse_2013_101One of the bigger events that can be pinpointed as such was the general assembly of our smallFOREST project. This year it took place in Toulouse and I have to admit that I was quite prejudiced towards the city. This was mainly due to me driving through this industrial belt of Toulouse when travelling through the region and you can’t speak of it as a beautiful area. But the city centre is quite impressive, comparable to other cities of that size, not particularly dirty or chaotic but with a certain charm, not too perfect but nice to look at :). The people there are not much different than elsewhere in france, maybe a little more pragmatic.

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first Blog entry

So this is my first blog entry. It will probably not be the best or most awesome entry that I make since I want to see several things in action. First of all, there is the hashtag #fundiv, let’s see if t works. Secondly, I added a picture to this entry and I am really curious how it will be incorporated in my posting.

Also I need a paragraph, to extend the length of this text a bit. I want to see how longer postings look like in the template I now chose (after 3 hours of browsing and adjusting…).

A little background on the hashtag. Last week I have had the honour to take part in a summer-school, organized by the coordinators of the FunDivEurope project. There we discussed using social media to raise awareness about scientific projects and how to spread the knowledge those projects generate into the public audience. Apparently I am the only one so far seriously using this, even though I am not part of this project. Anyway, for my/our project #smallFOREST this might also be a good idea and even though there is an official website existing, nobody is actively doing anything related to public relations and/or social media either. I will now at least pick up the idea and post a bit about my progress in this project and thus also some information and meta-information about the smallFOREST project.

I am btw also starting a Link-Collection related to topics such as biodiversity, fragmentation, ecosystem services and such “buzzwords”.