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

Nina reflects upon the benefits of interdisciplinary teamwork and writing up her first paper on mapping soil nitrogen.

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…

Soil nematodes at global scale, Q&A

By Crowther Lab The previous estimate was approximately three times smaller. Moreover, as nematodes are also found in environments that we did not include in our study, such as deeper soil layers or aquatic ecosystems, the total number of nematodes on the planet will be even greater.   Soil is an important — and often neglected…

Tree restoration potential, Q&A

By Crowther Lab Our paper on the restoration potential of forests received an overwhelming reaction in the media. We are so delighted for all the wonderful comments and discussion. And the conversation also raised several issues from a few people. These are all important considerations and they are points that we have been well aware…

Towards a Global Community Ecology

By Daniel Maynard Ecology is heading towards a crossroads. The past century of ecological research has provided amazing insight the into inner working of natural ecosystems, with much of this knowledge gleaned from carefully constructed experiments allowing scientists to isolate individual mechanisms at unprecedented detail. Yet, because of the societal demands being placed on the…