About us

Welcome to Weltbummler Ecology! I’m James Hagan and I began this blog to document the journey that my classmates and I are taking through a tropical ecology Masters program. The program takes place in multiple countries with students and staff from all over the world. Oh and I really do mean “all over the world”… Our current coursework class of 17 people is host to 14 different nationalities. Posts here cover a diverse array of topics. These include, but are not limited to: opinion pieces and commentaries related to contemporary issues in ecology, conservation and science in general. Memos and discussions from our fortnightly journal club. Cultural snippets, including recipes, from the many countries we will visit. Wildlife photography and other forms of art and media.

Why ‘Weltbummler’ Ecology and not something more sensible like ‘Tropical’ Ecology?

‘Weltbummler’ is a German word used to describe someone or something prone to wandering, dawdling or dilly-dallying whilst navigating the constant challenge of life. Graduate school is difficult and every now and then, we all need to be a ‘weltbummler’. Weltbummler Ecology is a way to do that whilst still learning about science, culture and other topics that may interest you.

List of contributors

James Hagan (South Africa), Mehran Hariri (Iran), Meenakshi Poti (India), Liam Lachs (Republic of Ireland), Thomas Luypaert (Belgium), Laura Peters (Netherlands), Sailee Sakhalkar (India), Olivia Hewitt (England), Abdul Baten (Bangladesh), Giulia Puntin (Italy), Kishore Sarker (Bangladesh), Solomon Chanialew (Ethiopia), Javier Onate (Spain), Janan Gawra (Iraq), Rasen Talukder and Miguel Urrutia (Bolivia).

All of us are graduate students in the field of tropical ecology and conservation.