From 15-21st September we organised an international course in Plants and Climate Change for the DPPS at the University of Helsinki, with invited speakers giving us the benefit of their expertise over the course of the week. A diverse group of students attended with participants from Mexico, Columbia, and Bangladesh, as well as those from the University of Helsinki.
Thanks to all of the lecturers and student who made this a lively and educational course and who gave very positive feedback on the week.
The international cooperation achieved to implement the Montreal Protocol to stop the production of ozone depleting substances is the best example of cooperation to solve a man-made global problem that would otherwise have catastrophically affected our climate and life of Earth, and serve as a landmark example for future political action on climate change.
Congratulations to Santa Neimane for successfully defending her Bachaelor’s thesis in Plant Physiology at the University of Latvia of Riga: EFFECT OF LIGHT SPECTRAL QUALITY ON BETULA PENDULA AND FAGUS SYLVATICA LEAF LITTER DECOMPOSITION DURING SENESCENCE.
This research was carried out at the University of Helsinki and supervised by Matthew Robson and Jevgenija Ņečajeva.
We are very happy to announce that Twinkle Solanki has received her PhD Study Rights from the DPPS to start her doctorate studying: Upscaling the Optical Properties of leaves to model their contribution to canopy light use efficiency and carbon assimilation over vertical and horizontal profiles of spectral irradiance, under the supervisions of Matthew Robson, Jon Atherton from the Optics of Photosynthesis Group, and Anu Heikkilä from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Saara Hartikainen and Matthew Robson recently headed to Lammi Biological Station to “star” in some short films explaining the educational research activities that we designed for the Lammi Research Natural Trail.
We hope to encourage the public to have a go at estimating Leaf Area Index in the young silver birch stand using the canopy scope activity, and to help in assessing leaf, flower, and fruit development in plants growing in quadrats on the forest floor.
The data that we collect from the public will be used to help us estimate phenological development, and will eventually be compared with data from different sites to improve our understanding of the controls on the length of the growing season and forest canopy cover.
Here are some shots from the film-makers in action!
Titta Kotilainen has also been instrumental in setting up the possibility for DPPS students at the University of Helsinki students to participate in a course on libRadtran: a library of radiative transfer models that allows users to access irradiance data for application in their research.
This course, run in cooperation this the FMI, was given by Arve Kylling (NILU) the actual developer of libRadtran and took place on 25th-26th October 2016 in Exactum building of the Kumpula Campus, Helsinki.
The course is open to DPPS students at the University of Helsinki and partly sponsored by CanSEE and the DPPS.
Congratulations to Paula Salonen on completing her Master’s Degree in Plant Biology and the University of Helsinki: Wild bees along a gradient of urbanization: a study of the effects of environmental variables on bees with a comparison of two capture methods. Supervised by Matthew Robson and Stephen Venn
After his internship with Charlie Warren in Sydney last winter, David will be looking to compare notes with some of the leading researchers in IRGA techniques for measuring the conductance of carbon dioxide and water from leaves.