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The science, practice and humans of ecological restoration. Interviews with leaders in the field. We fix ecosystems, which promises a brighter future for human livelihoods and health as well as a just transition in a warming world.

Aug 3, 2020

The Pileated woodpecker is one of the quintessential forest species where I live. Their red crest helps them stand out in a crowd and the  charismatic pecking at dead trees characterizes them as “ecosystem engineers.” They jumpstart a patchy mosaic of forest succession, facilitate biodiversity and are key to...


May 19, 2020

Early in 2020, UC Santa Cruz Professor Karen Holl published “Primer of Ecological Restoration” through Island Press. Karen is a season veteran of ecological restoration with her boots (and her students embedded) on the ground in Latin American and Californian ecosystems. She has created an accessible book that...


Apr 27, 2020

It is no longer science fiction. The future is now people. Can we respond quicker to disturbances and mitigate climate change by planting tough places with drones? Matthew Aghai joins me from Droneseed to demystify this ever-adaptable technology. This company is scaling up to what Matthew refers to as...


Apr 1, 2020

On this episode I want to introduce you to Sean Rowe. He is a restorationist born and raised in Humboldt County, CA. Sean has a science communication-based business called Resonant Restoration that is currently doing the Resonant Restoration Podcast with his cohost, Kyle Sipes. The podcast focuses on topics related to...


Mar 24, 2020

Forests can and do play an essential role in urban life in many places - 4 bil people live in cities world! Join my conversation with Sarah Low, Executive Director of the Tacoma Tree Foundation - an organization dedicated to community-powered urban greening in the South Puget Sound of Washington State. They provide a...