Summer on the UCL Geography Blog
Personal accounts of expeditions, the British Ecological Society centenary conference, and a warning!
Luca Marazzi with Professor Lord May of Oxford, former Chief Scientific Adviser to UK government, and Karolina Petrovic, Charles Sturt University, Australia
The latest posts on the UCL Geography Blog have had us transported from research projects in Belize and Gabon to the INTECOL 2013 Ecology Congress in London.
Dr Simon Turner provides gripping detail of his fieldwork in coastal Belize, investigating the landscape effects of human activity over the last 1000 years, “Mangroves, mosquitoes, skeletons and mild terror”.
PhD student Andrew Burt takes us on a journey to the forests of Gabon, where he spent three weeks testing the exciting potential of terrestrial laser scanning for quantifying forest structure. During his fieldwork, he came across a friendly elephant known as Billy, who was scanned by the team in multicolour splendour.
Earlier in the summer there had been a salutary warning from Dr Chris Brierley about the perils of unsolicited invitations to be on the editorial board of a new on-line journal.
And, most recently, UCL Geography’s Luca Marazzi, Arnaud Duranel and Dr Emily Lines provided a stimulating account of their experience at the 11th INTECOL Congress in London as part of the centenary celebrations of the British Ecological Society. The Congress represented a pivotal moment for 2,500 ecologists who gathered from 67 countries, and UCL geographers were there helping put ecology at the heart of the 21st Century.
See all this and more at http://blog.geog.ucl.ac.uk/