I am an ecologist exploring the role forests play in tackling climate change. Ask Me Anything!
Hi Reddit! I’m Dr Bonnie Waring, an ecologist and Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. I head up The Waring Ecology Lab, which investigates how the ecology of plant and soil microbial communities influences the carbon cycle and its feedbacks on climate change.
What are the pitfalls and benefits of reforestation and afforestation? What role can forests play in tackling climate change? These are the central questions of my current research.
Large-scale tree planting is an increasingly popular component of global efforts to meet climate targets. However, forests are complex ecosystems, and poorly planned planting efforts can actually increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increase global warming. My research explores how carbon flows between the atmosphere and its two other major reservoirs on land: plants and soils.
I’ll be back to answer questions at 16:00 GMT on Wednesday 18 November (11:00 ET). Ask Me Anything.
Personal web page: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/b.waring
Waring Ecology Lab: https://www.waringecologylab.com/
UPDATE [1PM ET / 6PM GMT]: Thanks very much for your fantastic questions. I’m heading off for now but I’ll be checking back in tomorrow, so please do submit any more questions you may have.
And a big thanks to r/IAmA for hosting this AMA!