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Annual IRSAE Meeting

On the 24th and 25th of April, the IRSAE Climate Change Ecology working group held their annual meeting at AU’s remote campus in Kalø. Jonathan von Oppen and Oskar Liset Pryds Hansen attended the workshop:

24.04.2019 | Dennis Pedersen

Photo: Toke Høye

In a cozy setting of just seven attendants, we presented our PhD projects and received some helpful feedback from the other participants from Norwegian and Danish universities. There were also interesting contributions about the use of time-lapse cameras and machine learning for pollination and phenology monitoring, vegetation effects on soil microclimates, and crop variety selection strategies as well as agroforestry effects on biodiversity in the tropics. In an interactive R workshop, we learned some useful hacks as well as applications for presenting spatial data. The first day ended with a trip to the nearby rewilding site at Mols National Park, where Oskar introduced us to his exclosures and arthropod monitoring sites. The next morning, keynote speaker Tom Hart (Oxford University) presented his work on monitoring penguin colonies (more information on: https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/penguintom79/penguin-watch/about/research) using a combined approach of time-lapse cameras and citizen science. Following up on that, we discussed the use of camera traps across our field sites. In addition, with the next arctic fieldwork season ahead, we designed some joint activities regarding microclimate monitoring as well as decomposition experiments, and developed some more plans for the upcoming summer school in Iceland.

Many thanks to IRSAE and Toke Høye for organizing this event!

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