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Seminar: Lichen ecology

Seminar: Lichen ecology

Thursday 6 February, 2020, there will be an open seminar about lichen ecology. All are welcome. 

What drives species extinction?

What drives species extinction?

A new NMBU-led project will use millions of wildlife photos and powerful statistical tools to answer one of conservation science’s most fundamental questions: why do species go extinct?

Climate-smart solutions for dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia

Climate-smart solutions for dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia

A new NMBU-project is going to build a climate-smart policy and management framework for conservation and use of dry forest ecosystem services and resources in Ethiopia.

New project on climate smart innovations in Ugandan agriculture

New project on climate smart innovations in Ugandan agriculture

A new NMBU project will use climate-smart agriculture to increase food security, on-farm profitability and entrepreneurship in communities of smallholder farms in Uganda.

New project on climate smart forestry in Norway

New project on climate smart forestry in Norway

A new, large project, coordinated by NMBU, aims at facilitating climate smart forestry in Norway.  The project will provide forest managers with tools that improve forest resilience to climate change, and contribute to reduced green house gas emissions by substituting fossil based products with forest products, and at the same time, provide increased and sustainable economic returns to the forest owner.   

Small-scale Tanzanian agroforestry systems: limited by insects, knowledge, and too much pesticides

Small-scale Tanzanian agroforestry systems: limited by insects, knowledge, and too much pesticides

Thomas Corodius Sawe’s PhD shows that the crops of small-scale Tanzanian farmers are limited by pollination, and that their yields can be substantially increased if the pollination services are improved. He also found that pesticide use is abundant, and that there is a need for basic education in plant biology among farmers.  

Analyses of model for wind resource assessments in coastal Ghana

Analyses of model for wind resource assessments in coastal Ghana

Denis Edem Kwame Dzebre’s PhD work shows that the Weather Research and Forecasting Model can be used to generate data for wind resources assessment in coastal Ghana. In addition, he concludes that some current often-used practices in validation studies of the model need to be revised for improved model outputs.

Climate smart agriculture in Ethiopia: increased yield and lower costs

Climate smart agriculture in Ethiopia: increased yield and lower costs

PhD candidate Shimelis Gizachew Raji has examined small-scale farming systems and looked at how Climate Smart Agriculture may improve productivity, climate change adaptation and mitigation. His results show that there is potential for increasing yield, and at the same time reduce costs and the use of fertilizers.

NMBU professor on list of highly cited researchers

NMBU professor on list of highly cited researchers

NMBU’s professor Douglas Sheil features on a new list of Highly Cited Researchers. Sheil is an ecologist with more than twenty years of research experience on tropical forest ecology.

Memorial service for student

Memorial service for student

This weekend, the faculty received the tragic message that one of our students has died suddenly.

Hans Fredrik Hoen - new dean at the faculty

Hans Fredrik Hoen - new dean at the faculty

Professor Hans Fredrik Hoen is newly appointed dean at the Faculty of environmental sciences and natural resources (MINA).

Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

Different drivers for plants on mountain slopes

In harsh mountain conditions, what drivers affect alpine plant communities? And how do their traits change across a gradient? In this insight, Ruben E. Roos & Kristel van Zuijlen discuss their recent paper, Contrasting drivers of community‐level trait variation for vascular plants, lichens and bryophytes across an elevational gradient.

Professor awarded wildlife science and management prize

Professor awarded wildlife science and management prize

Professor emeritus Jon Swenson has been awarded the Wildlife Society’s (TWS) Honorary Membership Award for his contribution to wildlife science and management. TWS is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization for wildlife biologists.

Trees and water: don’t underestimate the connection

Trees and water: don’t underestimate the connection

Trees have extraordinary powers that sometimes are understimated, and sometimes misunderstood. The link between trees and water is too important to ignore, professor Douglas Sheil writes. 

A closer look at the link between primary producers and micro-arthropods in an alpine environment

A closer look at the link between primary producers and micro-arthropods in an alpine environment

In his PhD, Ruben Roos has studied the ecology of vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens and micro-arthropods in alpine ecosystems and identified how it affects species turnover in an alpine ecosystem. His results illuminate how important intraspecific variation is as a driver of community-level traits in different primary producers.

Norwegian forest owners' attitudes to climate adaptation in forest management

Norwegian forest owners' attitudes to climate adaptation in forest management

Kaja M. A. Heltorp's doctorate shows that most Norwegian forest owners believe that the climate is changing, and they expect increased climate-related forest damage. This does not mean, however, that they plan to change their forest management.

Seminar: Climate change: changing importance of hydrological pathways and consequences for water quality

Seminar: Climate change: changing importance of hydrological pathways and consequences for water quality

September 12 there will be an open seminar about the changing importance of hydrological pathways at Vitenparken, Campus, Ås. 

A closer look on lichens, bryophytes and vascular plants in an alpine environment

A closer look on lichens, bryophytes and vascular plants in an alpine environment

In her PhD, Kristel Van Zuiljen has studied the functional traits of three primary producer groups and identified how they and their traits affect decomposition in an alpine ecosystem. Her results show that their responses to their environment vary in-between species, group types and environmental gradients.

Tanzanian forests still under pressure from unsustainable use

Tanzanian forests still under pressure from unsustainable use

Greyson Z. Nyamoga’s doctorate show that high demand and consumption result in unsustainable use of Tanzanian forest resources. An increasing population is expected to put further stress on the country’s natural resources.

NMBU climbs on ranking over the world's best universities

NMBU climbs on ranking over the world's best universities

For the third consecutive year, NMBU climbs on an international ranking of the world's best universities in agriculture and forestry. This year, the university is ranked 14th.

Nematodes adapt to withstand silver nanoparticle toxicity

Nematodes adapt to withstand silver nanoparticle toxicity

The doctoral work of Lisa Magdalena Rossbach showed that nematodes continuously exposed to low concentrations of silver nanoparticles can adapt towards the exposure. The maintenance of the reproductive capacity was the dominating adaptive response, whereas antioxidant defenses seemed only to be partially involved.

Marine transport modeling of radionuclides

Marine transport modeling of radionuclides

In his doctorate, Magne Simonsen has researched what happens to radioactive waste once it is released into the ocean. He has developed model systems that improves the prediction of the radionuclide transport.

In case of emergency: risk communication and nuclear incidents

In case of emergency: risk communication and nuclear incidents

In her PhD, Yevgeniya Tomkiv has examined risk communication in nuclear emergency preparedness. Her research shows that there is a need to change the way we think about communication: the focus should shift more towards dynamic social relationships.

 

Developing climate-smart agricultural practices in Sub-Sahara

Developing climate-smart agricultural practices in Sub-Sahara

The doctoral work of José Luis Munera-Echeverri shows that conservation farming in combination with biochar is an effective way of sequestering soil carbon. His results contribute to the development of climate-smart farming, which is particularly important in areas where climate change is affecting food security.

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