Third Swiss-Russian-German Dendroecology Expedition to Northeastern Siberia, July 15-31, 2016

Together with my Russian colleagues Alexander V. Kirdyanov (V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Akademgorodok and Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk) and Anatoly N. Nikolaev (North-Eastern Federal University and Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Yakutsk), as well as my PhD student Freddy Reinig (WSL), I organized our third expedition to north-eastern Siberia. Between ... Read more

How mud forced the Mongols to abandon invasion of Europe, The Times, 27 May 2016

Our publication Climatic and environmental aspects of the Mongol withdrawal from Hungary in 1242 CE (in: Nature Scientific Reports) was discussed by The Times on Friday, May 27 2016. Read more

Using Arctic driftwood at the interface of marine and terrestrial (paleo-) environmental research, Apr 27-30, 2016

Venue  The Icelandic Forest Research Institute Mógilsá, which is located ~20km northwest of Reykjavik, Iceland (Apr 27-30, 2016) Aims - Organizing and coordinating future fieldwork  activities - Joining forces towards a cross-disciplinary driftwood review paper - Fundraising and proposal writing to improve international driftwood research - Implementing the newly generated momentum of this workshop into ... Read more

PAGES EuroMed 2k meeting at Hoeri, Germany, March 23-25, 2016

With the workshop entitled “Consolidation, finalization and publication of the EuroMed2k database”, we will mainly aim at generating several contributions for the 2016 PAGES Special Issue. In this regard, we will critically outline the reconstruction potential and merging limitation of the various high- to low-resolution, marine and terrestrial proxy ... Read more

All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive

Some forest mushrooms, such as wild porcini, accumulate dangerous levels of radioactivity originating from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. With one notable exception: wild truffles, fungi that range among the most expensive foods in the world. Our publication All-clear for gourmets: truffles not radioactive, published in the journal "Biogeosciences", is being discussed in several international newspapers; selection below: El ... Read more
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