Published: Tuesday, 18 October 2016 17:09
A new paper identifying 25 key questions for research into the impacts of bark beetles was published today in Journal of Applied Ecology.
Written by Jesse Morris et al., "Managing bark beetle impacts on ecosystems and society: priority questions to motivate future research" emphasizes the need to improve outbreak monitoring and detection, educate the public on the ecological role of bark beetles, and develop integrated metrics that facilitate comparison of ecosystem services across sites.
Recent bark beetle outbreaks in North America and Europe have impacted forested landscapes and the provisioning of critical ecosystem services. The scale and intensity of many recent outbreaks are widely believed to be unprecedented.
This paper is the product of the PAGES-supported workshop "Scaling forest insect and pathogen disturbances", held in Santa Fe, USA, in April 2015.
Access the article here.
Published: Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:12
PAGES is pleased to host guest scientist Andrew Sluyter, from the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University, at the IPO in Bern for the next two months.
Sluyter's main project while in Switzerland is to advance work on his contributions to the LandCover6k working group, especially the empirical map of land use in Middle America, and related research on the historical use of rangeland burning in the Neotropics.
While in Europe, he will also collaborate with the Anthropogenic Land Cover Change modelers involved in LandCover6k - Jed Kaplan at l'Université de Lausanne and Kees Klein Goldewijk at Universiteit Utrecht - as well as our other current guest scientist, Erle Ellis.
DATE CHANGE/UPDATE: For those in Switzerland, Sluyter will give a seminar on land-use reconstruction and landscape transformations at the Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, on 23 November (starting 10:15 in Praktikumsraum, 1st Floor, Main Building). Read more here.
His other roles include Executive Director of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Historical Geography.