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Forthcoming quantitative palaeoecology PhD and Postdoc positions in Bergen

There are vacancies for a 3-year PhD position and a 3-year post-doctoral fellow position at the University of Bergen’s Department of Biology within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group as part of the European Research Council funded project Humans … Continue reading

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There is a memory in the dirt at the bottom of the sea

There is a memory in the dirt at the bottom of the sea. It is in the number of different sorts of small dead animals which we can use to find out how warm or cold the sea was in … Continue reading

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Abstract abstracts

So I am searching through the Web of Science for papers reporting 11 yr (Schwabe) cycles in palaeoproxy data (especially tree-rings) when I find this title, which looks promising: LUNI-SOLAR 18.6-YEAR AND SOLAR-CYCLE 10-11-YEAR SIGNALS IN CHINESE DRYNESS WETNESS INDEXES … Continue reading

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Dinocysts, transfer functions and spatial autocorrelation: part 1207

I don’t always comment on papers that use transfer functions but neglect to consider how spatial autocorrelation in the modern calibration set might make the reconstructions spuriously precise. It gets tedious, especially when the same authors make the same mistakes … Continue reading

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Critical perspectives in climate reconstructions from pollen

This week I am at Caux, high above Lac Léman, Switzerland, attending a Pollen Climate Model Intercomparison Project workshop. The invited talk I gave this morning talk was on   Critical_Issues_in_pollen_climate_reconstructions. (I’ve made the ioslides presentation into a pdf – … Continue reading

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Downloading Polish weather data

I needed some temperature data from Poland for some work I am doing on the pheonology of understorey plants in Białowieża Forest. The easy source of data is the GHCN which can be accessed through the rnoaa package. This code … Continue reading

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Resilience workshop in Finse: deadline soon

At the end of March, there is a workshop on Measuring Components of Resilience in Long-term Ecological Datasets The workshop is at Finse, high in the mountains between Bergen and Oslo. Along with debate about how ecosystem resilience can estimated … Continue reading

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