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Quantitative palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, quantitative environmental reconstructions, applied statistics, long-term ecology, tropical ecology

Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Species distribution models are inappropriate for COVID-19. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 770-771.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Pollen-based climate reconstruction techniques for late Quaternary studies. Earth-Science Reviews.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Plant traits and vegetation data from climate warming experiments along an 1100 m elevation gradient in Gongga Mountains, China. Scientific Data. 15 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Next‐generation field courses: Integrating Open Science and online learning. Ecology and Evolution.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Don’t gamble the COVID-19 response on ecological hypotheses. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 1 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Comment on “A global-scale ecological niche model to predict SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection rate”, author Coro. Ecological Modelling. 4 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Biotic rescaling reveals importance of species interactions for variation in biodiversity responses to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 22858-22865.
  • Show author(s) 2019. The handbook for standardized field and laboratory measurements in terrestrial climate change experiments and observational studies (ClimEx). Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 22-37.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Review and test of reproducibility of subdecadal resolution palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from microfossil assemblages. Quaternary Science Reviews.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Position and orientation of the westerly jet determined Holocene rainfall patterns in China. Nature Communications.
  • Show author(s) 2019. PaCTS 1.0: a crowdsourced reporting standard for paleoclimate data. Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. 1570-1596.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Transplants, open top chambers (OTCS) and gradient studies ask different questions in climate change effects studies. Frontiers in Plant Science. 1-9.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Reproducibility of species recognition in modern planktonic foraminifera and its implications for analyses of community structure. Journal of Micropalaeontology. 519-534.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Intraspecific Trait Variation and Phenotypic Plasticity Mediate Alpine Plant Species Response to Climate Change. Frontiers in Plant Science. 11 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Heat export from the tropics drives mid to late Holocene palaeoceanographic changes offshore southern Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews. 96-110.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Greening up the mountain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 833-835.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Can benthic foraminifera serve as proxies for changes in benthic macrofaunal community structure? Implications for the definition of reference conditions. Marine Environmental Research. 24-36.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Younger Dryas ice margin retreat triggered by ocean surface warming in central-eastern Baffin Bay. Nature Communications. 1-9.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Reconstructing the history of eutrophication and quantifying total nitrogen reference conditions in Bothnian Sea coastal waters. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 320-328.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Northward oceanic heat transport in the main branch of the Norwegian Atlantic Current over the late Holocene. The Holocene. 1034-1044.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Impacts of the spatial extent of pollen-climate calibration-set on the absolute values, range and trends of reconstructed Holocene precipitation. Quaternary Science Reviews. 37-53.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Avian guild assemblages in forest fragments around Budongo Forest Reserve, western Uganda. Ostrich. 267-276.
  • Show author(s) 2017. All age–depth models are wrong, but are getting better. The Holocene. 860-869.
  • Show author(s) 2017. A novel procedure for pollen-based quantitative paleoclimate reconstructions and its application in China. Science China. Earth Sciences. 2059-2066.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Technical note: Estimating unbiased transfer-function performances in spatially structured environments. Climate of the Past. 1215-1223.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Significance testing testate amoeba water table reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews. 131-135.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Plant functional group responses in an African tropical forest recovering from disturbance. Plant Ecology & Diversity. 69-80.
  • Show author(s) 2016. How foreign is the past? (brief communication arising from Lyons et al. 2016). Nature. E1-E2.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Can trait patterns along gradients predict plant community responses to climate changeas? Ecology. 2791-2801.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Assessing performance and seasonal bias of pollen-based climate reconstructions in a perfect model world. Climate of the Past. 2255-2270.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Which is the better proxy for paleo-current strength: Sortable-silt mean size (S̅S̅) or sortable-silt mean grain diameter (dss)? A case study from the Nordic Seas. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. 3456-3471.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Temporal patterns in Saturnidae (silk moth) and Sphingidae (hawk moth) assemblages in protected forests of central Uganda. Ecology and Evolution. 1746-1757.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Taxon selection using statistical learning techniques to improve transfer function prediction. The Holocene. 130-136.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Is palaeoecology a ‘special branch’ of ecology? The Holocene. 17-24.
  • Show author(s) 2015. East Asian summer monsoon precipitation variability since the last deglaciation. Scientific Reports.
  • Show author(s) 2014. The seed and fern spore bank of a recovering African tropical forest. Biotropica. 677-686.
  • Show author(s) 2014. The role of the northward-directed (sub)surface limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation during the 8.2 ka event. Climate of the Past. 1887-1904.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Reconstructing palaeoclimatic variables from fossil pollen using boosted regression trees: Comparison and synthesis with other quantitative reconstruction methods. Quaternary Science Reviews. 69-81.
  • Show author(s) 2014. A modern pollen-climate dataset from China and Mongolia: Assessing its potential for climate reconstruction. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology. 87-96.
  • Show author(s) 2014. A modern pollen-climate calibration set from central-western Mongolia and its application to a late glacial-Holocene record. Journal of Biogeography. 1909-1922.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Structural changes are more important than compositional changes in driving biomass loss in Ugandan forest fragments. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment. 23-38.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Reconstructing Holocene sea level using salt-marsh foraminifera and transfer functions: lessons from New Jersey, USA. Journal of Quaternary Science. 617-629.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Mismatch between the depth habitat of planktonic foraminifera and the calibration depth of SST transfer functions may bias reconstructions. Climate of the Past. 859-870.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Massive structural and compositional changes over two decades in forest fragments near Kampala, Uganda. Ecology and Evolution. 3804-3823.
  • Show author(s) 2013. A pollen-climate transfer function from the tundra and taiga vegetation in Arctic Siberia and its applicability to a Holocene record. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 702-713.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Testing peatland testate amoeba transfer functions: Appropriate methods for clustered training-sets. The Holocene. 819-825.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Testing intra-site transfer functions: an example using chironomids and water depth. Journal of Paleolimnology. 545-558.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Population trends in the Slavonian grebe Podiceps auritus (L.) and Chironomidae (Diptera) at a Scottish loch. Journal of Paleolimnology. 631-644.
  • Show author(s) 2012. From cold to cool in northernmost Norway: Lateglacial and early Holocene multi-proxy environmental and climate reconstructions from Jansvatnet, Hammerfest. Quaternary Science Reviews. 100-120.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Comparing different calibration methods (WA/WA-PLS regression and Bayesian modelling) and different-sized calibration sets in pollen-based quantitative climate reconstruction. The Holocene. 413-424.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Benthic foraminifera provide a promising tool for ecological quality assessment of marine waters. Ecological Indicators. 66-75.
  • Show author(s) 2011. North Atlantic reservoir ages linked to high Younger Dryas atmospheric radiocarbon concentrations. Global and Planetary Change. 226-233.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Effect of uneven sampling along an environmental gradient on transfer function performance. Journal of Paleolimnology. 99-106.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Dynamics of North Atlantic deep water masses during the Holocene. Paleoceanography. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2011. A novel method for assessing the statistical significance of quantitative reconstructions inferred from biotic assemblages. Quaternary Science Reviews. 1272 -1278.
  • Show author(s) 2011. A 100 yr record of ocean temperature control on the stability of Jakobshavn Isbrae, West Greenland. Geology. 867-870.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Quantifying recent ecological changes in remote lakes of North America and Greenland using sediment diatom assemblages. PLOS ONE.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Holocene trends in the foraminifer record from the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Climate of the Past. 179-193.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Holocene trends in the foraminifer record from the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. Climate of the Past Discussions. 2081-2113.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Holocene climate variability in the Southern Ocean recorded in a deep-sea sediment core off South Australia. Quaternary Science Reviews. 1932-1940.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Evaluation of transfer functions in spatially structured environments. Quaternary Science Reviews. 1309-1316.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Variations in temperature and extent of Atlantic Water in the northern North Atlantic during the Holocene. Quaternary Science Reviews. 3423-3440.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Spatial structure of the 8200 cal yr BP event in northern Europe. Climate of the Past. 225-236.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Oxygen and carbon isotope, composition of authigenic carbonate from an Ethiopian lake: a climate record of the last 2000 years. The Holocene. 517-526.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Quantitative palaeotemperature records inferred from fossil pollen and chironomid assemblages from Lake Gilltjarnen, northern central Sweden. Journal of Quaternary Science. 831-841.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Long-term trends in eutrophication and nutrients in the coastal zone. Limnology and Oceanography. 385-397.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Limitations of dinoflagellate cyst transfer functions. Quaternary Science Reviews. 1375-1382.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Dispersal limitations matter for microbial morphospecies. Science. 1015-1015.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Discussion on Bayesian palaeoclimate reconstruction by J. Haslett et al. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society). 433-434.
  • Show author(s) 2005. The secret assumption of transfer functions: problems with spatial autocorrelation in evaluating model performance. Quaternary Science Reviews. 2173-2179.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Relationships between calibrated ages and depth in stratigraphical sequences: an estimation procedure by mixed-effect regression. The Holocene. 612-618.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Late Quaternary volcanic record from lakes of Michoacan, central Mexico. Quaternary Science Reviews.
  • Show author(s) 2005. A comparison of the palaeoclimate signals from diatom oxygen isotope ratios and carbonate oxygen isotope ratios from a low latitude crater lake. Paleoceanography. 290-302.
  • Show author(s) 2004. The intercept is a poor estimate of a calibrated radiocarbon age. The Holocene. 296-298.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Lacustrine responses to tephra deposition: examples from Mexico. Quaternary Science Reviews. 2337-2353.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Biases in the estimation of transfer function prediction errors. Paleoceanography. 5 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2004. All age-depth models are wrong: but how badly? Quaternary Science Reviews. 1-5.
  • Show author(s) 2003. The intercept is a poor estimate of a calibrated radiocarbon age. The Holocene.
Report
  • Show author(s) 2013. Biodiversity in freshwaters: temporal trends and response to water chemistry. .
  • Show author(s) 2007. Defining reference conditions for coastal areas in the Baltic Sea. .
Lecture
  • Show author(s) 2019. Integrating experiments and gradient approaches to study climate impacts on ecosystems.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Mosses - the regulating blanket of alpine grasslands?
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2020. Understanding community assemblage using species and functional diversity across elevational gradients from the tropics to the arctic.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Going high: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning along some of the world’s most striking altitudinal gradients OR how a plant functional traits course travelled three continents and counting.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Community assemblage and functional diversity across elevational gradients from the tropics to the arctic.
  • Show author(s) 2019. Functional group interactions mediate climate change impacts on the Carbon dynamics and Biodiversity of alpine ecosystems.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Using experimental macroecology to assess climate change impacts on plants.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Trait Shifts affect Ecosystem Carbon Exchange under Climate Change in Alpine Grasslands .
  • Show author(s) 2018. Ecosystem responses and feedbacks to climate change - lessons from terrestrial ecology?
  • Show author(s) 2018. Built-in insulation; plant functional groups regulate soil conditions in alpine grasslands.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Konsekvenser av klimaendringer: Hva skjer når fjellplanter flyttes til et varmere og våtere klima? .
  • Show author(s) 2017. Integrating experimental and gradient approaches to study CC impacts on plants.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Integrating experimental and gradient approaches to assess climate change impacts on plants populations and communities.
  • Show author(s) 2017. Eco-climatological experiments in the field and in the laboratory.
  • Show author(s) 2016. Seed banks, spore banks, and moist forest community recovery.
  • Show author(s) 2015. What do statistical tests of the significance of transfer-function derived reconstruction tell us?
  • Show author(s) 2015. All age–depth models are wrong, but are getting better.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Re-evaluating tropical LGM planktonic foraminifera assemblage-based sea-surface temperature reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2014. Pitfalls of using transfer functions to reconstruct sea-ice.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Probabilistic age-depth modelling.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Identifying lakes with potential good temperature reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Temporal and spatial changes in silk moth (Saturniidae) and hawk moth (Sphingidae) assemblages in forests of Central Uganda: a comparative analysis.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Power analysis of tests of statistical significance of quantitative reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Consequences of the mismatch between the depth at which planktonic foraminifera live and the calibration depth of SST transfer functions.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Significance tests for transfer function‐derived quantitative reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Significance tests for transfer function-derived quantitative reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Changes in species composition of planktonic diatom assemblages along the Baltic Sea transect and its significance for palaeosalinity inferences.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Avoiding numerical pitfalls in chironomid palaeoecology.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Holocene reservoir age corrections for the Norwegian Sea based on cold-water corals.
  • Show author(s) 2010. Climatic controls on Ugandan forest composition.
  • Show author(s) 2010. A time for new rules of microbial biogeography?
  • Show author(s) 2009. IPCC AR5 and palaeoclimate – natural climate change and climate forcing. Evidence from data and models.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Holocene climate variability: response to natural and ma-made forcing in data and models.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Where will ecosystem response to climate change be greatest? Evidence from palaeoecological data.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Synthesis of 1200 years of climate change in the Nordic Sea.
  • Show author(s) 2008. Radiocarbon calibration and age-depth modelling.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Ups and downs of microfossil transfer functions.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Synthesis of 1200 years of climate change in the Nordic Sea.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Multidecadal-century scale variability in the Nordic Seas sea ice and temperature proxies over the last 1200 years.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Improving transfer functions for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in spatially structured environments.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Climate history reconstructed from lakes.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Recent developments in radiocarbon-age calibration and age-depth modelling of Holocene stratigraphical sequences.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Pollen – climate transfer functions.
  • Show author(s) 2006. How many radiocarbon dates are sufficient?
  • Show author(s) 2005. The secret assumption of transfer functions: the problem with spatial autocorrelation.
  • Show author(s) 2005. The secret assumption of transfer functions.
  • Show author(s) 2005. The secret assumption of transfer functions.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Marine 14C reservoir ages based on the coral Lophelia pertusa.
  • Show author(s) 2005. How many diatoms are pH specialists.
  • Show author(s) 2005. How Robust are Dinoflagellate Cyst Transfer Functions?
  • Show author(s) 2005. Dynamics of Holocene climate variability.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Comparing Planktonic Foraminiferal Climate Records during the Holocene on the Norwegian-Svalbard Continental Margin.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Comparing Planktonic Foraminiferal Climate Records during the Holocene on the Norwegian-Svalbard Continental Margin.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Age-depth modelling and core correlation.
  • Show author(s) 2005. Age-depth modelling.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Century scale climate changes in Northern Europe and the Nordic Seas during the last 10.000 years � a result of changing equator-pole temperature gradients or variations in the phase of dominant climate modes?
  • Show author(s) 2003. The intercept is a poorly behaved estimate of a calibrated radiocarbon age.
  • Show author(s) 2003. The intercept is a poorly behaved estimate of a calibrated radiocarbon age.
  • Show author(s) 2003. All age-depth models are wrong: but which are useful?
Editorial
  • Show author(s) 2011. QSR Correspondence "Is spatial autocorrelation introducing biases in the apparent accuracy of palaeoclimatic reconstructions?". Quaternary Science Reviews. 3210-3213.
  • Show author(s) 2007. Response to comment on "Dispersal limitations matter for microbial morphospecies". Science. 1124-1124.
  • Show author(s) 2006. How many freshwater diatoms are pH specialists? A response to Pither & Aarssen (2005). Ecology Letters. E1-E5.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Bayesian palaeoclimate reconstruction - Discussion on the paper by Haslett et al. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society). 430-438.
Reader opinion piece
  • Show author(s) 2013. Diatom flickering prior to regime shift. Nature. E11-E12.
Short communication
  • Show author(s) 2017. Comment on 'Fossil forest reveals sunspot activity in the Early Permian'. Geology. e427.
Software
  • Show author(s) 2011. palaeoSig: Significance tests for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions.
Database
  • Show author(s) 2020. PFTCourses Elevational Gradient and TransPlant Experiment, Gongga Mountain, China.
Popular scientific article
  • Show author(s) 2005. Havtemperatur utenfor norskekysten de siste 12 000 år. Cicerone. 20-21.
Interview
  • Show author(s) 2008. Fortsatt temperaturkrangel.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Langt flere arter enn vi har trodd.
  • Show author(s) 2006. Hvor mange arter finnes på jorden?
  • Show author(s) 2006. Hvor mange arter finnes det på jorden?
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) 2017. Palaeoenvironmental history of the Baltic Sea: One of the largest brackish-water ecosystems in the world. 48 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Exploratory data analysis and data display. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2008. The early to mid-Holocene thermal optimum in the North Atlantic. 15 pages.
Poster
  • Show author(s) 2020. Functional groups differentially regulate the effect of drought on forb seedling recruitment in semi-natural grasslands.
  • Show author(s) 2019. The mountain TransPlant Network.
  • Show author(s) 2019. INCLINE: Indirect climate change impacts on alpine plant communities.
  • Show author(s) 2018. Plant functional traits as predictors of ecosystem carbon fluxes across climatic gradients in alpine grasslands.
  • Show author(s) 2015. Is there robust evidence of solar variability in palaeoclimate proxy data?
  • Show author(s) 2014. Cumulative effects of fragmentation: loss of specialist forest birds in Budongo, Western Uganda.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Re-evaluating tropical Atlantic LGM planktonic foraminifera assemblage-based sea-surface temperature reconstructions.
  • Show author(s) 2013. Marine soft-bottom bio-monitoring strategies: Can microfossils make a difference?
  • Show author(s) 2013. Influence of disturbance and fragmentation on species richness in Ugandan forests.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Plant groups respond differently to forest disturbance.
  • Show author(s) 2012. Late Holocene reservoir age corrections for the Norwegian Sea.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Reconstructiong Holocene inflow-overflow dynamics in the Nordic Seas using sediment parameters and model results.
  • Show author(s) 2004. Bjerknes activity 8: Ocean carbon cycle and biogeochemistry.
Digital learning tools
  • Show author(s) 2007. Common freshwater diatoms of Britain and Ireland: An interactive identification key.
Errata
  • Show author(s) 2013. Benthic foraminifera provide a. promising tool for ecological quality assessment of marine waters (vol 23, pg 66, 2012). Ecological Indicators. 183-183.
Academic literature review
  • Show author(s) 2020. Open Science principles for accelerating trait-based science across the Tree of Life. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 294-303.
  • Show author(s) 2011. Centennial scale benthic foraminiferal record of late Holocene oceanographic variability in Disko Bugt, West Greenland. Quaternary Science Reviews. 2815-2826.
  • Show author(s) 2009. Last nine-thousand years of temperature variability in Northern Europe. Climate of the Past. 523-535.
Chapter
  • Show author(s) 2015. Transfer functions. 470-499. In:
    • Show author(s) 2015. Handbook of Sea-Level Research. John Wiley & Sons.

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