Our research focuses on the population dynamics of plants and how they are influenced by impacts of natural disturbances and global environmental change. We are particularly interested in the interactive effects of fire, grazing and drought in grasslands and woodlands in southern Australia, and how climate change, fragmentation and shrub encroachment affect ecosystems.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Open-source Ecology takes Root

A nice little commentary piece on the Nutrient Network Project I am involved in has just been published in Science. You can find it here. It highlights how collaboration, using very simple experiments, can help answer some of the most important questions in ecology. Hopefully, it also highlights that collaboration is exciting, and can allow ecologists (both junior and senior) to contribute to really important science, even if they haven't pulled in huge research grants.

Alpine grasslands at Falls Creek: one of the NutNet sites exaiming
top-down versus bottom-up controls on species diversity in grasslands across the globe.
(Photo: John Morgan)

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