October 20, 2020

LIVE ONLINE: Join us for a special brunch-time event! Sunday, October 25 @ 2PM, Secret Science Club presents Global Ecosystem Ecologist Thomas Crowther, FREE!

Trees. Soil. Earth's Atmosphere. Every Breathing Thing . . .  

Secret Science Club explores the "wood wide web" with global ecologist Thomas Crowther  

Join us live via Zoom on Sunday, October 25 @ 2PM.
"Doors" to the Zoom Room will open at 1:30PM (Eastern Time USA) 

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There is a reason woodlands are the settings of so many fairy tales. A functioning forest is misty, mossy, age-old, and mysterious. It's not only the trees with their legions of leaves sheltering untold plant and animal species, but multitudes of microbes hidden in the soil - everything working together, with countless connecting threads, absorbing rain and nutrients, exhaling vapor and oxygen. Magical? No question. Unquantifiable? Maybe not. Global ecologist Thomas Crowther wants to count and map it all.

Thomas Crowther estimates there are 3 trillion trees on the planet and that before humans and agriculture came along, there were 3 trillion more. He calculates that in the world's soils, there are 430 quintillion nematodes - tiny creatures that play an outsize role in storing carbon and mitigating climate change. He's mapped webs of underground organisms that nourish the roots of 28,000 tree species across the planet. The way Dr. Crowther figures it, the more we know about these global ecosystems, the better to fight biodiversity loss and climate change.

--Mix up our brunch-time cocktail, the Lorax… (recipe below!)
--Prepare to groove to our leafed-out playlist
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A

Thomas Crowther is a a global ecosystem ecologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). He directs the Crowther Lab, a multidisciplinary group of scientists that researches forests and their relationship to Earth's carbon cycle. Last year, he received the British Ecological Society's Founders' Prize. He and his work have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, and on the BBC, NPR, and CNN. He is scientific advisor to the United Nations Trillion Trees Campaign and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Cocktail Recipe for “The Lorax” (created by mixologist Joe Cacciola)
Ingredients: 1 Teaspoon Bourbon, ½ oz Honey Syrup**, 1 oz Apple Cider, Juice of ½ Lemon, 3 Shakes of Orange Bitters, Prosecco, 1 Stem of Dill (for garnish)
- Pour the bourbon, honey syrup, apple cider, orange bitters, and lemon juice into a bar glass with ice and shake well
- Strain into a champagne glass or flute
- Top off with Prosecco
- Garnish with a dill stem
**Honey Syrup Recipe: Mix 1 part honey with 1 part lightly heated water until honey dissolves.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.