Reporting from the Phenology 2015 meeting in Kuşadasi, Turkey

Greetings, Season Spotters! I’m writing from the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea – I’m in Kuşadasi, Turkey, for Phenology 2015: The Third International Conference on Phenology (Phenology 2010 was in Dublin, Ireland, and Phenology 2012 was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). The conference is jointly organized by Humboldt-University, Berlin (Germany) and Adnan Menderes University, Aydin (Turkey). It’s an exotic setting for an exciting meeting, with researchers from 23 different countries in attendance, highlighting all the latest phenological research. The meeting has been widely covered by the Turkish media, too!

Last Monday, still jet-lagged from my long flight from Boston to Istanbul, I gave a presentation about the PhenoCam network, and what what we are learning about climate change impacts on vegetation through PhenoCam. I highlighted the role that Season Spotter is playing in this effort – so thank you for your work on image classification and annotation!

Other talks at the conference have discussed diverse areas of research including

  • grape phenology in the Republic of Georgia
  • long-term phenological networks in Switzerland and the Czech Repulic
  • how vegetation phenology in Norway is related to climate change
  • the role of snow in controlling vegetation phenology in alpine ecosystems both in North America and Europe
  • below-ground phenology of tundra vegetation in Greenland
  • grassland phenology in Australia and Wyoming
  • the phenology of flowering and fruiting in tropical rain forests around the world

As you can see, the breadth of topics being discussed is very wide. Overall, it’s a fascinating meeting, and it’s also been fun for me to catch up with friends and colleagues from around the world.


Kuşadası harbor (GertjanV, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0)


About Andrew Richardson

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
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