Notes from France

I’ve just returned from two weeks in France, the first week on the International Statistical Ecology Conference 2014 in Montpellier, and the second at the Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine (LECA) in Grenoble, visiting the groups of Wilfried Thuiller and Sébastien Lavergne, which was both great. Some impressions from the ISEC: First of all, my compliments to…

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Sustainability and Complex Systems in Columbus, or: from IBMs to aggregate models and back

I spent this week in Columbus, Ohio, to attend a workshop on “Sustainability and Complex Systems”, which was organized by Chris Cosner, Volker Grimm, Alan Hastings, and Otso Ovaskainen at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI). To quote the organizers: This workshop aims to engage computational and mathematical modelers, empiricists, and mathematicians in a dialogue about…

Heading home from the GFÖ 2013 in Potsdam

I’m heading home from the annual meeting of the Ecological Society Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ) 2013 in Potsdam, which was, like every year, enjoyable and abundant with the usual suspects of the small German-speaking ecological world. The organization and the venue were great, big thanks to the local hosts around Florian Jeltsch. If you…

My INTECOL slides

OK, final INTECOL broadcast: in case someone is interested, I have uploaded the talk I gave in London at slideshare. As said before, a preprint of the study is available on the arXiv. INTECOL13 Talk: Hartig et al.: Dynamic versus evolutionary stability – divergent insights from coexistence theory and evolutionary ecology from florianhartig

Bye INTECOL!

INTECOL finished on Friday, but I hadn’t had time to write down my thoughts yet, so here’s my belated conclusions from London (no idea how some people find the time to write daily reports on a conference, I appreciate it though, it’s funny to read what happened in the session next door). On the plus…

Heading home from scaling up in Baltimore

It’s pouring rain over here at Baltimore while I’m on my way back from the Scaling Up workshop organized by ESA. We had a awesome time here thinking about questions, projects and collaborations on connecting community ecological data and processes with the macro scale. More impressions at #ESAScalingUP, and hopefully some updates about our progress…

Summer School on Bayesian Statistics in Freiburg

As in the last years, we organize a course in Bayesian statistics this summer. See invitation below, feel free to distribute widely. 3rd International Summer School An Introduction to Bayesian Modeling for Ecologists in Freiburg (Germany) 28th July to 2nd August 2013   Motivation Bayesian inference is an increasingly used statistical framework in ecology, but…

Back from Bayes

I just returned from teaching a workshop on Bayesian statistics together with Joe Chipperfield in Göttingen. The workshop was organized by the Biodiversity, Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography group in the aftermath of the Macroecology meeting, so quite a few people stayed over the weekend after the meeting, and it generally turned out to be a…

Modelling ecosystems from first principles

I just returned from Tromø, Norway, from a workshop on “modeling marine systems from first principles”. I should probably concentrate on the scientific part here, but I feel I can’t go there before saying that the venue was stunning – the meeting was organized at Sommarøy, a small island close to Tromø, and for the…

Whose sustainability, which sustainability?

The last two weeks, I was serving as a teaching side-kick for a course on agent-based modeling at the Global Sustainability Summer School 2012, which was jointly organized in Potsdam close to Berlin by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), in partnership with the Santa…

GFOE and BES meetings

I just returned from two weeks of conferencing, last week being the meeting of the German Ecological Society in Oldenburg and this week the meeting of the British Ecological Society in Sheffield. Both were really nice events. On the GFOE, Thorsten Wiegand and Andreas Huth were organizing a symposium “Analysis of spatial and temporal patterns…