Peter van Bodegom visits

In November 2012 we hosted Peter van Bodegom (Vrije University, Amstrerdam), who was funded via a COST-TERRABITES Short Term Scientific Mission. During the week we worked towards coordinating trait-flammability-decomposition research being undertaken at VUA and at MQ, and on a roadmap for incorporating fire-related plant traits in Dynamic Global Vegetation Models to better represent and predict fire-induced disturbances. Peter also gave a Departmental seminar on “Quantitative trait analyses to understand and predict ecosystem functions”.  Happily, we also spent some time in the field at Kuring-gai Chase National park, poking around in the natural litter beds…

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