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…

The elevator pitch: communicating science in under 3 minutes

By Constantin Zohner and Thomas Crowther One year.This is the average amount of time a scientist spends working on an individual paper. Six months.This is the average length of the process spanning form submitting the paper to a scientific journal to it being published, given the paper is neither rejected nor sent back with major comments……

The impostor epidemic in academia and how to beat it

By Sabiha Majumder Why academia? What is its appeal? For me – and I guess for most people working in academia – the answer is quite straightforward: I genuinely enjoy the process of making new discoveries, the flexibility of working on things that excite me, and the luxury of working whenever and wherever I like….…

The importance of mentors: a life-changing encounter pt 2.

By Thomas Crowther I had started my first year at Cardiff University poorly. I was skipping classes, investing my energy into sports and my social life rather than concentrating on my studies. By the end of my first year, I’d had a number of run-ins with professors, one of which publicly chastised me in front…

The importance of mentors: A life-changing encounter pt. 1

By Thomas Crowther I have always been obsessed with the magic of life. Mathematically, its existence makes no sense. Indeed, science lacks even a most basic understanding of the reason for the biodiversity and variety present all around us. Yet, one must only look outside the window at the impossible combination of spectacular organisms to…

Global warming – fact vs fiction

By Tom Elliott In 1896, Svante Arrhenius, a Swedish chemist and future Nobel laureate, deduced that the combustion of coal and petroleum could raise global temperatures. In 1939, a British steam engineer named Guy Stewart Callendar found, at the weather stations he was monitoring, that the previous five years were the hottest in recorded history….

A Week of Meetings – Jean-François Part 3

By Jean-François Bastin This week, Jean-François has been on the road, presenting at conferences and meeting with fellow researchers. His last stop took him from Paris to Geneva. Here it is, the third and final instalment of Jean-Francois’ week of meetings. What happened next Jean-Francois? After the conference in Paris, I went to the United Nation…

A Week of Meetings – Jean-François Part 2

By Jean-François Bastin Recently, Jean-François recently spent a week at the  European Conference on Tropical Ecology in Paris. Here’s the second instalment his trip.  What happened next Jean-Francois? After the 1st presentation I went back to my slides and worked on the presentation I was presenting the day after in a session I co-chaired with Dr….

A Week of Meetings – Jean-François

By Jean-François Bastin Jean-François recently spent a week at the  European Conference on Tropical Ecology, where he not only presented and chaired a session, but also represented the Crowther Lab while doing so. We received a lot of updates throughout his time, but here is his account. I took the train from Zurich HB to…