Doctoral students Marianne and Elvi went on a scientific expedition to Reunion Island from 7-24 November, organised by the Doctoral School of Earth Sciences and Ecology. The expedition's aim was to give the doctoral students valuable experiences in planning and conducting fieldwork in a tropical region, get useful contacts with local scientists, and increase the connections between the doctoral students.
During the first days of the expedition, the students had a chance to get to know the island, followed by 10 days of fieldwork. To participate, each student had to write a research project connected to their PhD thesis. Marianne studied heterostyly in the local endemic species Gaertnera vaginata. Elvi studied the consequences of land use changes on ecosystem services. All student projects were successfully completed, and valuable experiences and wonderful memories were obtained.