Running off the road

New MIREN-paper in Biological Invasions on what’s needed by non-native plants to escape the roadside and colonize the natural mountain vegetation.

Find the paper here.

Learn all about the paper in this blog post.

Roads – and the cars and humans on them – facilitate non-native plant species introduction in mountains. But what’s needed for them to escape the roadside?

Poa mireniana

Poa mireniana  (c) Ian Clarke


MIREN proudly presents its new mascot: Poa mireniana, a newly described grass species discovered by our colleagues in Australia while performing MIREN surveys.

We are honoured as a network to be immortalized like this!


Find a description of the species here, and a blogpost on the discovery here.

GMBA survey on biodiversity and human well-being

GMBA is carrying out a first coarse assessment of the state of, trends in, and relations between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human wellbeing, and direct drivers in the world’s mountains. They herewith invite you to contribute to this assessment by completing their survey:

It should take you roughly 40 minutes to provide them with first-hand knowledge of immense value. They very much look forward to receiving your mountain assessment by May 31 2018 and thank you for your contribution.

How do mountain roads and non-native species affect mountain biodiversity?

We got a new paper out on the effect of mountain roads and non-native plant species on mountain biodiversity!

You can find the paper in Global Ecology and Biogeography here:

Haider, S., Kueffer, C., Bruelheide, H., Seipel, T., Alexander, J.M., Rew, L.J., Arévalo, J.R., Cavieres, L.A., McDougall, K.L., Milbau, A., Naylor, B.J., Speziale, K. & Pauchard, A. (2018) Mountain roads and non‐native species modify elevational patterns of plant diversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Early View. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12727

Want a faster read? Here is a blogpost on the MRI-website about it!