Meet the Lab

We are theoretical ecologists, restoration experts, and data scientists studying global ecosystems and generating knowledge to protect biodiversity and address climate change.

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther

Lead Scientist and Lab Founder

Lover of nature, sports and D&D.

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Dr. Lalasia Bialic-Murphy

Lead Scientist

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Dr. Daniel Maynard

Lead Scientist

How do small-scale interactions inform broad-scale biodiversity?

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Dr. Daisy Dent

Lead Scientist

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Dr. Colin Averill

Lead Scientist

Helping mycorrhizal fungi take over the world.

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Dr. Constantin Zohner

Lead Scientist

Solving the mysteries of phenology and other stuff trees do in response to climate change.

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Dr. Andrea Paz

Post-Doc

Why are species distributed across the globe the way they are?

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Dr. Carolina Bello

Post-Doc

Understanding how animals can help us to restore ecosystems and counter climate change.

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Dr. Camille Delavaux

Post-Doc

Understanding how invisible soil microbes shape forest diversity and plant biogeography.

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Dr. Gabriel Smith

Post-Doc

Finding facets and functions of figures and flora to foster formation of flourishing futures.

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Dr. Laura van Galen

Post-Doc

Exploring the below-ground world of hidden diversity.

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Lidong Mo

PhD Student

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Julia Maschler

PhD Student

Understanding plant carbon sequestration under climate change.

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Joe Wan

PhD Student

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Haozhi Ma

PhD Student

On the shoulders of Constantin.

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Yibiao Zou

PhD Student

Badminton lover who tries to hit the shuttlecock of macro-ecology.

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Yan Zhang

Visiting PhD Student

Tracking soil microorganisms under climate change.

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Qingzhou Zhao

Visiting PhD Student

Go down like roots, work with fungi.

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Zhaofei Wu

Visiting PhD student

Understanding tree phenology under climate change.

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Dr. Rebecca Cole

Restoration Ecologist (Costa Rica)

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Dr. Leland Werden

Restoration Ecologist

Identifying and finding solutions to restoration and conservation challenges around the world.

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Laura Gobelius

Lab Technician

Digging through soil to find the tiniest organisms performing their magic.

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Sandra Garibay

Lab Assistant

Trying to show the beneficial role of microbes for plants, food and health.

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Emma Heinzer

Lab Assistant

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Dr. Johan van den Hoogen

Lab Manager, Research Scientist

I make maps.

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Thomas Lauber

Data Scientist

Making the scientists' dreams come true.

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Emily Clark

Group Manager

Scientist whisperer, human Siri, and overseer of work-life balance.

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Elizabeth Rembelska

Project Manager

I work behind the curtains while our researchers are on stage.

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Samantha Suarez

Communications Director

Focusing on digital engagement, science communication & social media for social good.

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Stella Tandhika

Communications Associate

On the way to make ecology as cool as NASA, one reel at a time.

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Thomas Elliott

Managing Director

Inspired everyday by the scientific solutions to accelerate the global restoration movement.

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Alexa Firmenich

Co-Director SEED

Making the world fall in love with complexity, one SEED at a time.

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Dr. Robert McElderry

Product Manager SEED

Sensible science for practical solutions.

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Dr. Ian Bretell

Biodiversity Policy Officer

Translating science into effective policy.

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Dr. Claire Hoffmann

Policy and External Affairs Coordinator (USA)

Bridging the gap between scientific research and applied conservation impact.

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Millie Timms

Impact Communications Consultant

Driven by her love for the ocean and the mountains, Millie is on a mission to tell stories that inspire action.

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Chrysa Chouliara

Visual Communications Specialist

Visual storyteller in love with science.

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Kathi Runge

Assistant Scientist

Puzzled by the complexity of ecosystems' dynamics and trying to solve the puzzle of thresholds to guide nature conservation.

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Camille Fournier De Laurière

Assistant Scientist

Still trying to figure out what I mean by "resilience".