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Symbiosis – Long term interactions between plant and animal species

A guide to the long term symbiotic interactions between species. We distinguish 6 different types of symbiosis interactions that have either a benefit, no effect or are harmful to the species involved in these interactions. ⁠ A symbiosis where one species obtains a benefit Mutualism is the symbiosis between two species, where both obtain a benefit. Within mutualism, there are different categories depending on how …

The demographics of a wild animal or plant population

Population ecology and population size When looking at the demographics of a population, there are many parameters you can look at. Today we are taking a look at the population size itself. How is this influenced and what strategies there are between different species. We start with some definitions. A population is the number of organisms of the same species that live in a particular geographic area at the …

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11 inspiring documentaries about Africa’s people and wildlife

The previous time we looked at free courses for learning more about nature conservation. But this time we are talking about documentaries. Are you looking for something new to watch?! There’s nothing quite as thrilling as watching the best Africa wildlife documentaries. Especially given the fact that you can’t travel to Africa right now. Pop yourself a big bowl of popcorn and binge-watch all of …

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Travelling down the east coast of Australia – part II

Last year, when travelling was still allowed and possible, I spent 6 months in Australia. I was here for my internship for my bachelor. The internship itself was four months, which means I spend another 8 weeks travelling! I decided to spend these weeks travelling down the east coast, a popular choice for backpackers in Australia. I travelled all the way from Cairns to Melbourne, which meant I …

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Explained in less than 200 characters – Ecology

There is a lot of difficult terminology in nature conservation, which can make it uninviting for people without a background in Nature conservation. Therefore, I am starting a series where I explain this difficult terminology, I explain it short and easy so everybody can understand them. Regardless of the fact if you studied in nature conservation or not. Today will be part 2 of the …

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My first semester of the Tropical Ecology master

Just before Christmas, I finished my first semester of my master in ‘Tropical Ecology and Management of Natural Resources’. The first 4.5 months of lectures and exams giving me a total of 25 credits. Even though this semester was different than a normal one in every possible way, I enjoyed it. I learned a lot of new things, things I wouldn’t ever imagine I would …

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An introduction to the tropics and tropical forests

This is the start of a series of blog posts about the tropics and tropical forests, this is my favourite ecosystem. It is green and lush and is known for its incredible biodiversity. Let’s start with some quick facts to put the great biodiversity in perspective; You can find 473 tree species per hectare in an Ecuadorian forest, 365 vascular plant species in 0.1 hectares …

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5 Sites for free online wildlife conservation courses

The holiday season has started and it is freezing cold outside. And besides that, we are still very limited in what we can do… This makes it the perfect time to take a look at these free online wildlife conservation courses! There is no need to pay a lot of money for environmental courses, there are so many online nature conservation courses these days. And …

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The unique lemurs of the island Madagascar

Madagascar will always have a warm place in my heart, this is the place where it all started. All the amazing animal and plant species, which you cannot find anywhere else in the world. This is about 89% for plant species, 95% of reptiles and 92% of mammals! The most popular endemic species are the group of the lemurs (Lemuroidea). Madagascar is an island in …

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Travelling down the east coast of Australia – part I

Trip down memory lane; travelling down the east coast of Australia. Last year, when travelling was still allowed and possible, I spent 6 months in Australia. I was here for my internship for my bachelor. The internship itself was four months, which means I spend another 8 weeks travelling! I decided to spend these weeks travelling down the east coast, a popular choice for backpackers …