Professor Dicky Clymo – Valedictory Lecture

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of listening to Dicky Clymo give a lecture at QMW University of London entitled “The life and afterlife of bog-moss: why does it matter?”:
 
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It was described as a Valedictory Lecture, although I suspect that Dicky is still a long way from hanging up his famous yellow oilskin waterproofs:
 

Dicky Clymo - Tierra del Fuego 2005
Dicky Clymo – Tierra del Fuego 2005

 
Tierra del Fuego 2005: Dicky Clymo an obvious feature of the landscape
Tierra del Fuego 2005: Dicky Clymo an obvious feature in the landscape

 
Dicky’s lecture was, as always, a master-class in how to turn the complicated into something simple and clear:
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– in this case involving a couple of drinks bottles and a pair of miniature watering cans…
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…to demonstrate the way in which Sphagnum bog moss is able to acidify rainwater.
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But he was also able to make it clear that things which seem simple, such as his delightful animation of bog growth, can hide deeply complex processes.
 
Dicky Clymo at his best…

Author: Richard Lindsay

Having worked for 20 years in the UK statutory nature conservation agencies as Peatland Specialist in the Chief Scientist Team, I then moved to the University of East London where I ran the nature conservation degrees for several years. Now I mainly undertake research and support peatland conservation activities, including the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, within UEL's Sustainability Research Institute. I also paint.

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