About

Thanks for finding us!  We’re a group of academics (students, postdocs, and faculty) interested in ecology and its related disciplines in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge.  This blog is where we post news and commentary following from our weekly group meetings, held every Wednesday in term from 12:00-13:00.  Often, we’ll also post a thought or update from the field – some of our many field sites are shown above in the headers.  We hope that the posts will be useful to fellow academics both inside and outside of our research groups and even to non-scientists interested in learning more about plant ecology.  

The main research groups housed in the Department with interests in ecology are led by Prof Howard Griffiths (Physiological Ecology), Dr David Coomes (Forest Ecology and Conservation), Dr Edmund Tanner (Tropical Ecology), and Dr Andrew Tanentzap (Ecosystems and Global Change).  But we also interact widely beyond the walls of our Gingko covered building.  The Department is a founding member of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and associated with the newly-launched Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (est. 2013).  Our weekly group meetings are also regularly attended by the luminary Prof Peter Grubb and Dr Peter Carey, an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department. And we have colleagues who sometimes drop-in from Geography, Zoology, and places like Microsoft Research.

As a disclaimer, all of the many conflicting opinions likely to be expressed within these pages are the opinions of the associated authors and do not represent those of the Department or University.

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