Who we are and what we do.

Our research in a nutshell

Generating a fundamental understanding of global ecology is necessary to understand and address the global threats of biodiversity loss and climate change.

We aim to find scientific solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss

By generating quantitative models of the Earth’s ecology, our research has revealed that it is possible to offset climate change by restoring plants and soils across the globe. Now, our research aims to generate the ecological mapping tools to guide global restoration efforts. These maps can show where we should focus restoration efforts to have the greatest impacts on carbon capture or biodiversity. It also helps us to understand the climate consequences of these actions. This global ecological research is necessary for us to understand and address climate change.

Building global models from global networks of scientists on the ground

Historically, we have always used satellites to characterize global ecosystems from the ‘top-down’. But this doesn’t allow us to see the trees and microorganisms that exist below the canopy surface. Now, at the start of big data revolution, we can build our models from bottom up, using real on the ground data from scientists across the globe. By combining this information with satellite imagery and environmental data we can generate quantitative global models describing all living parts of the ecosystem and the carbon they store.

Meet the Lab

We are an interdisciplinary research group developing a fundamental and holistic understanding of global-scale ecology in order to understand and address climate change.

We are an equal opportunity and family friendly employer, and strive to increase the number of women scientists our team. Please submit your applications for Post-Doc positions to petra@crowtherlab.com.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther

Lead scientist and lab founder

Emily Clark

Research Assistant

Petra Buchner

Group Manager

Dr. Daniel Maynard

Lead Scientist

Dr. Constantin Zohner

Lead Scientist

Dr. Johan van den Hoogen

Scientist and Lab Manager

Devin Routh

Scientist and Technical Expert

Dr. Colin Averill

Ambizione Research Fellow

Dr. Sabiha Majumder


Dr. Jean-François Bastin


Dr. Mark Anthony


Iris Hordijk

PhD Student

Julia Maschler

PhD Student

Joe Wan

PhD Student

Felix Finkbeiner

PhD Student

Lidong Mo

PhD Student

Gabriel Smith

PhD Student

Thomas Lauber

Postgraduate Student

Niamh Robmann

Master's Student

Haozhi Ma

Master's Student

Nina van Tiel

Master's Student

Siyao He

Master's Student

Megan Morrow

Master's Student

Tim Grunow

Master's Student

Lisa Bernegger

Master's Student

Marta Gebhardt

Master's Student

Thomas Elliott

Business Development Director

Tara Lasrado

Head of Arts and Culture

Lucie Sammicheli

Science Communication & Graphic Design Specialist

Simeon Max

Environmental Impact Officer

Justin van der Horn

Environmental Strategy Officer