Hi! It's me your prodigal blogger. It's been a long hiatus…but here's some news for you:
Biodiversity & Conservation Volume 23, Issue 7 (June 2014) is a special issue entitled "Biological soil crusts in a changing world", edited by Fernando Maestre, Leopoldo Sancho & Burkhard Budel. This issue was based on the Biocrust 2013 conference in Madrid. It features 14 invited contributions from the conference, including one from me & collaborators which was one of the funnest writing assignments I've taken on. A few of the papers are open access too.
A networking resource devoted to biological soil crusts and the researchers who study them. We will provide a means for international scientists to communicate, share their research, share important news and announcements, ask questions and find collaborators. We will also provide a space for informal writing on research, opinion, and ideas (now seeking posters!).