A summary statistic that crossed my path a lot this year is growth dominance. Growth dominance is a concentration measure based on the Lorenz curve and was invented by Dan Binkley and his lab at Colorado State University, USA. Together we have worked with this characteristic this year and it has been great fun. We… Continue reading R script for computing growth dominance
Being on an extended research visit to one of the world’s Mekkas of Forest Biometrics, Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, I cannot help but notice quite a few differences to European Forest Biometrics. I am currently based on this vast and beautiful campus, where in autumn the tree leaves almost seem to be on fire and the… Continue reading Forest Biometrics in the Southern US
We are using woodlands for recreation, we pick berries and mushrooms and we select picnic sites at spots in the forest we like. Certain woodlands we tend to avoid, because the tree species and tree densities make them look dark and hostile or we hate prickly brambles. Forest structures that do not allow you to… Continue reading Do humans behave in woodlands?
It happens from time to time, doesn’t it, that you are digging into what you believe is a specific set of limited methods and suddenly you uncover a whole universe that stretches over a vast number of research fields. Recently this happened to me again when preparing a review on the concept of relative growth… Continue reading Relative growth rates
Haven’t we all experienced this? – We can sit for hours in our offices trying to come up with a brilliant new idea, to solve a problem, to shape an important text or to find a nagging error in our computer code. And then out of nowhere, once we have set off to go home… Continue reading Creativity – where do we get it from?
As this is my first posting on this webblog, I am starting it with a “smooth” thought. Forest Sciences as a scientific field have seen many changes since I have been a student in the 1990s. It used to be a world of its own, pretty much uncontested and a microcosm of general science including… Continue reading Where to start?