Why I Still Have Hope about Climate Change and Biodiversity

By: Simeon Max, Environmental Impact Officer at Crowther Lab “Do you still have hope for the climate?” This is a question my friends ask me. It’s a valid question, especially when apocalyptic news about global biodiversity loss and the climate catastrophe fill headlines on a daily basis. Of course I still have hope. The considerable…

Good News in a Bad Year

Congrats! We’ve nearly made it to the end of a particularly challenging and exhausting year. For many, bad news – about a pandemic, political unrests, huge wildfires and as always, climate change – was even more part and parcel of their daily media consumption. But: not all is bleak. The Crowther Lab always tries to…

Restoring the Forest Microbiome

By: Colin Averill, Postdoc and Ambizione Research Fellow at Crowther Lab We are witnessing a global movement to protect what is left of nature, as well as restore as much as we can. When we work to restore natural ecosystems, we generally start with the plants. In tropical forest ecosystems, we are often logistically constrained…

Covid-19 and the environment: causes and consequences

By Crowther Lab In recent months, we’ve been asked many questions about Covid-19 and the environment. This Q&A is a brief review of what experts are saying – from science to policy.  Several viruses exist in the coronavirus family. The respiratory disease called Covid-19 is caused by one of them: the SARS-CoV-2. Covid-19 is a…

The Power of Maps

Our remote-sensing expert Devin speaks about his fascination with maps(-making) and the power they have in shaping and changing our worldviews.

Interview with the 5 nominees of the Climathon Cities Award 2019

What motivated your city to participate in the inaugural Climathon Cities Award?  Dublin City Council engaged in the 2019 Climathon held by Trinity College Dublin. The council engaged with various stakeholders at the event which influenced the city in making an application around surface water management measures that are given in the city’s Climate Change…

Global Soil Biodiversity and Biogeochemistry, Q&A

By Crowther Lab The soil community is comprised of all the living organisms found in the soil, including fungi, bacteria, archaea, protists and animals. The organisms in this community drive the carbon and nutrient cycling that regulate soil fertility, atmospheric composition and the climate. The soil community stands in contrast to the non-living, physical aspects of soil, including characteristics such as…

Smells Like Team Spirit

I joined the Crowther Lab about 18 months ago, after arguing with Tom Crowther for about 3 days about why he definitely DID NOT want to hire me. I was a civilian after all, a non-academic, with zero scientific pedigree and zero desire to do administrative work in a scientific lab. It hadn’t always been this…