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I'm a university lecturer and forest ecologist. My main interest is in community assembly - what it is that determines the species present in a forest and how they all fit together. My research includes fieldwork in Malaysia, Far East Russia and within the UK.
The Kamchatka project: www.kamchatka2008.org.uk
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Thanks - I am also trying to track down the source of a claim (in a gardening book) that the ancient Greeks recognised landslide surfaces as good places to garden, because of their fresh soil. I should look for a searchable versions of Dioscorides or Theophrastus, online.
Do you know of any ecological/botanical work on the re-establishment of vegetation on natural landslides in Malay rainforests? I am a crop historian but have developed a strong interest in landslides and their possible historical significance as a natural habitat for invasive, 'weedy' species.
To find out about last year's expedition to Kamchatka see:
At present there are details of the project and photos from the trip. Over the course of the summer any publications arising from the project will be placed online, and eventually I hope to make all data collected freely available.
At the moment I'm still working on analysing data and publishing all the findings. I'm also working on some reviews of the likely impacts of development and climate change in the Russian Far East, and on a website which will bring together the many researchers working in Kamchatka. More to come.
I'm in the process of organising an expedition to Kamchatka, Far East Russia, in summer 2008. The aim is to survey forests in a true wilderness region, to investigate what determines forest structures along an environmental gradient. We will be travelling with a group of British and Russian undergraduate students and spending about 12 weeks in the field.
If you'd like to know more about the expedition and its aims, please get in touch. A website should be put together before the end of the year.