IanLuntEcology.com

64 Flips | 3 Magazines | 42 Followers | @ianluntresearch | Keep up with IanLuntEcology.com on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “IanLuntEcology.com”

Snap snap! Enjoy this wonderful gallery of repeat nature photos

What a difference a year makes! In February, I invited readers to send in their favourite repeat monitoring photos, and you responded with an amazing …

Never blog in your PJs, and other tips for science and ecology bloggers

The scientists before me out-sourced everything, from typing a letter to making a pot of tea. My generation out-sourced communication and engagement. …

The night the cold killed the mallee: extreme events & climate change

Posted on 31/08/201422/09/2017<p><i>My toes know it’s cold outside. My nose knows too. And my ear. Our thin nylon tent holds little warmth. Last night the</i> …

100 years of habitat change: an animated fire ecology

Posted on 25/05/201422/09/2017<p>Southern Legless Lizards are stylish critters. Big round eyes, happy smile; who couldn’t love ‘em. What they lack in …

The great vegetation cover-up

Posted on 03/11/201322/09/2017<p>Do you think you can estimate the cover of plants as well as the experts? I’m sure you can. When we all put our minds …

Ageing the mallee: a history in burnt trees

Posted on 11/05/201421/09/2017<p>Trees grow short in the mallee. Little rain and poor soils stunt their growth. Over thousands of square kilometers, in …

To improve ecological literacy, I must seduce your friends

Posted on 27/04/201422/09/2017<p>My mission statement as an ‘ecology blogger’ has now become – <i>to lure you away from Facebook and Twitter</i>. Just for a …

Framing the plains and packaging remnants

Posted on 19/01/201422/09/2017<p>A friend once asked, ‘<i>why do botanists have such terrible gardens</i>?’<p>The question might have triggered a long discussion, …

How do you grow a woodland tree?

Posted on 03/01/201321/09/2017<p>The history of a forest is written in the shape of its trees. The shape of each tree tells not only its life story, but …

Growing old in a shrubland: gravity always wins

Posted on 18/09/201121/09/2017<p>It’s sunny, it’s Sunday, and I’m writing a blog. How sad is that? Fortunately it’s not too bad as I’ve spent a couple …

Fire and rain: what makes a woodland?

Posted on 01/12/201121/09/2017<p>One of the most famous historical quotes on vegetation dynamics in Australia is Thomas Mitchell’s passage on fire, …

Fire and rain #2: water for ironbarks

Posted on 20/01/201221/09/2017<p>Here’s a big question to think about. Picture your favorite ecosystem, perhaps it’s a grassland, a heathland or a wet …

Art vs Science: von Guérard’s pot plants

Posted on 06/08/201121/09/2017<p>Many ecologists would kill for an accurate ‘scientific’ description of native grasslands and woodlands before European …

Forgotten woodlands, future landscapes

Posted on 13/10/201322/09/2017<p>Picture a gorgeous woodland in the early 1800s. What do you see? Majestic gum trees with bent old boughs, golden …

Bush encroachment: a global view

Posted on 28/05/201122/09/2017<p>Encroachment, thickening, desertification, densification, woody weed invasion. There’s no shortage of names for the …

Steve Packard was my Steve Jobs

Posted on 18/05/201222/09/2017<p>Who was it? Who first rocked your boat, flipped your lid, pushed your button, turned you on? (Intellectually, of …

Dancing with flames: Callitris, fire and Patrick Swayze

Posted on 28/08/201122/09/2017<p>In a tough neighbourhood, there’s just four ways to survive…<p>You can hide (wimpy, but it works).<br>• Like Batfink, you can be …

Restoring Woodland Understories #4

Posted on 08/11/201121/09/2017<p>For the past four years, Ian Cole, Suzanne Prober and I have been busy running an experiment to work out how to restore …

The Candles of Dunkeld

Posted on 13/03/201322/09/2017<p>The woodlands of Dunkeld are among the most beautiful in the world. Stately old trees, scattered across grassy …

Natural regeneration: connecting regional Australia

Posted on 13/06/201322/09/2017<p>Want to re-connect fragmented landscapes? Where would you start? With natural regeneration of course.<p>Natural …

Taking stock of fencing

Posted on 21/04/201322/09/2017<p>Stock grazing has reduced the conservation value of many native grasslands and woodlands in southern Australia. Not …

Sieving the seeds of the future

Posted on 26/04/201222/09/2017<p>I did something the other day that I haven’t done for ages. I spent the morning gazing down my old microscope, …

Location location location: the future of environmental history

Posted on 17/02/201322/09/2017<p>A recurring theme in Australia’s environmental history is the quest for the Grand National Narrative. The desire to …

Dense old trees: bitter and twisted ‘charismatic megaflora’

Posted on 22/05/201322/09/2017<p>We all know an old paddock tree when we see one: broad, deep, canopy; sagging, tangled branches; broken boughs full of …

There’s a wetland in my grassland

Posted on 28/03/201222/09/2017<p>How often do you need to see a species, before you view it as being ‘characteristic’ of a particular ecosystem?<p>Some …

Super Seeds

Posted on 02/03/201222/09/2017<p>If you could choose a Super Power what would you choose? Incredible speed, rubber arms, hulking strength or maybe X-ray …

What did you get from the Big Wet?

Posted on 14/07/201322/09/2017<p>As climate change intensifies, we expect to get a lot more extreme weather events. It’d be great if we could predict …

Reading the bush: juxtapositions in history

Posted on 28/04/201322/09/2017<p><i>An old post about an old post…</i><p>Everyone sees something different in a patch of bush. I usually wonder: were these …

Top 20 Oz Ecology Blogs

Posted on 11/08/201321/09/2017<p>At one of the first conferences that I attended, an elderly professor was asked, ‘at what stage in one’s career should …

The dirt ring photo blog

Posted on 21/10/201222/09/2017<p>Imagine you bought a cleared paddock, removed the stock and, for 40 years, you watched the trees and shrubs regenerate. …