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What are we without biodiversity?

What are we without biodiversity?

Humans need biodiversity to thrive. We have to take action now to protect it, so that we can flourish for generations to come.

5 key things to know about forest restoration

5 key things to know about forest restoration

Forests cover 31% of land on Earth. Healthy, biodiverse forests are key to human health and wellbeing, filtering our air and water, providing food and medicine, capturing carbon, and offering pl...

The evenness of species within a community is key to increasing forest productivity

The evenness of species within a community is key to increasing forest productivity

New research shows that high forest productivity is not only the result of how many different species occur in a forest, but also how abundant the species are. Typically, a greater number of species i...

From 2D to 4D: what changing the lab for the field has taught me

From 2D to 4D: what changing the lab for the field has taught me

By: Kathi Runge My name is Kathi, and I am a PhD student at Crowther Lab, using data science to study ecosystem dynamics. More specifically, I use machine learning to create global maps to detect patt...

Top Tips for PhD students

Top Tips for PhD students

Is a PhD in science worth it? Yes! Read more on why a PhD is important, and even more importantly – our top tips by Lidong Mo and Haozhi Ma for PhD students at Crowther Lab, ETH Zurich.

Cities of the future: what will our world look like with climate change?

Cities of the future: what will our world look like with climate change?

Our climate future Millions marching the streets, daily articles in every newspaper and a biodiversity agreement in Montreal: the topic of climate change is on all our minds. The problem: We only have...

Inside the conferences meant to save the world

Inside the conferences meant to save the world

Giacomo Delgado, master’s student at our lab, visited both COP27 in Egypt and COP15 in Canada last year – his first time at any COP. The events left a curious impression on him. Here he shares an...

Costa Rica leading the movement for environmental transparency

Costa Rica leading the movement for environmental transparency

At COP27, Costa Rica sends a message to the world, we can’t achieve the Paris Agreement without nature. To accelerate investment in Nature-based Solutions, it is essential to bring transparency to...

Integrating indigenous experience into ecology

Integrating indigenous experience into ecology

Humans and nature need each other to be healthy Earlier this year, IPBES (an Intergovernmental body focused on the science-policy interface for biodiversity) released a groundbreaking report on nature...

Prevalence and drivers of abrupt vegetation shifts in global drylands

Prevalence and drivers of abrupt vegetation shifts in global drylands

Protecting these vulnerable ecosystems requires understanding how humans impact their resilience Drylands are home to 2.1 billion people, and harbor some of the world’s rarest biodiversity. Globally...