Who am I and what do I do?
I am currently a PostDoc at the Terrestrial Ecology lab in Gent (personal webpage), working on the spatial dimension of the relationship between diversity and ecosystem function across the food chain. I will be helped in this task by data collected within the TREEWEB project which is a collection of forest patches of different tree diversity and density scattered through an urban-agricultural landscape in eastern Flanders (Belgium).
I was (until 01.2017) a PhD student at the chair for Terrestrial ecology by the Technical University of Munich (DE). The thesis looked at how variations in plant diversity and community composition affect arthropod communities and arthropod-mediated ecosystem function. This work was within the framework of a very cool, very long-running grassland biodiversity experiment located in Jena.
What do I blog about?
I aimed to blog both about stats/R stuff as well as ecological issues arising in my field of research, however a quick look through the article I wrote would show you that I mainly write article about stats/R stuff. I have a constant desire to spend more time writing ecologically-orientated articles … If you have any wishes/suggestions don’t hesitate to email me (mail available in here)
Why do I blog?
Sometimes people ask me questions and it is nice to just tell them: “Have a look at this post”. Sometimes I find myself re-searching for a specific hack or a way to do a certain analysis and on the 2nd or 3rd time I usually write a post about it for future reference. Sometimes I think that blogging is giving me an important experience in writing clear, short messages that is going (hopefully) to be relevant to my career.