PhD defense ceremony

PhD defence ceremony – Systemic Risk in EcosystemsOn the 19th of February I successfully defended my PhD thesis entitled ‘Systemic Risk in Ecosystems’ at Wageningen University. A result of many years of hard work in the labs of Jordi Bascompte (ecological networks) and Marten Scheffer (critical transitions). A summary of the thesis can be dowloaded […]

Foreseeing the future of mutualistic communities beyond collapse

‘Foreseeing the future of mutualistic communities beyond collapse’ Gradual changes in environmental conditions may lead to sudden shifts in the state of ecosystems when tipping points are passed. Well-known examples of such ‘transitions’ lead to predictable outcomes such as a turbid lake or a degraded landscape. Not all ecosystems, however, behave in such a predictable […]

A new challenge

A new challengeAs per September I will follow a one-year course at the University of Cambridge to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I hope it will help me to become a good science educator!

Conference on complex systems

Conference on Complex Systems On the 26th of September I will present my work as a part of the session on ‘Robustness, Adaptability and Critical Transitions in Living Systems’ at the Conference on Complex Systems organised by the Complex Systems Society in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The sudden collapse of …

‘The sudden collapse of pollinator communities’, published in Ecology LettersPrevious work has suggested that the nested structure of mutualistically interacting plant and pollinator species promotes indirect facilitation among pollinator species (Bastolla et al. 2009). Such indirect facilitation may allow pollinator communities to persist under increasingly difficult circumstances. When pollinators continue to facilitate each other under […]