Peatlands are carbon cycling hotspots

Last week I gave a talk at the British Ecological Society’s Annual Meeting in Sheffield – you’ll find it embedded below. If you view the talk on SlideShare, you’ll be able to see notes for each of the slides (under speaker’s notes). The story is similar to the previous talks that I’ve uploaded, but I’ve included a bit more information about the microbial communities in this one, along with some preliminary greenhouse gas emission data.

The quality of the talks and thematic sessions at the BES meeting was generally very high – I’m very much looking forward to attending next year’s.

Upscaling peatland diversity and carbon dynamics is a winner

Back in March I won the first prize at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute’s* annual Student Seminar Day for presenting the following talk, which gives an up-to date overview of my research.

* Macaulay Land Use Research Institute recently became the James Hutton Institute

New 2020Vision promo video

You might have read my previous posts about 2020Vision, the multimedia initiative that is all about documenting the links between healthy communities and healthy ecosystems. I’m not actively involved in the 2020Vision project, but I think it’s a great idea. Here’s their new promo video, showcasing some of their most stunning images and the principles behind the initiative:

Capturing the wilder side of Britain

At a recent IUCN Peatland Programme meeting I met Mark Hamblin, web designer and image manager for 2020Vision.

2020Vision is a multimedia initiative, designed to promote the links between healthy people and healthy ecosystems. With a team of 20 photographers, they aim to communicate the value of healthy ecosystems to the public and key decision-makers. To do this they’ve created 20 ‘assignments‘, which focus on key ecosystems, one of which (of interest to me) is peatlands.

I can thoroughly recommend the 2020v blog, which regularly features stunning images, like the one below: