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We are scientists and engineers, designers and humanists. Coming together from our diverse disciplines, we collaborate with deeply rooted local and indigenous groups, charting paths to regenerate thriving social-ecological systems.
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2000+
members
7
active labs

how labs work

lifecycle of a lab
PITCH

A participant in the Collaborative identifies a scientific question or technological need that stands as a key barrier to social-ecological regeneration. They make a pitch. First, their proposal is circulated for peer review. Next, they present their ideas at a virtual event and on our website.

weeks 0-8

COALESCE

Lab leaders identify the skills and knowledge needed to realize their research and development plans. Collaborative Earth members offer their expertise to meet the new lab’s needs. The team commits to working together.

weeks 9-12

RESEARCH

Research and development are carried out and documented. Frontline communities are early participants in directing R & D. The team consults with other Collaborative Earth members as needed.

weeks 13-40

ACT

The Collaborative activates the lab's discoveries through publication, media, open-science assets, and on-the-ground regenerative work in partnership with land stewards.

weeks 40+

watch our launch event

earth day 2022 (1 hour)

The Earthshot Institute is gathering teams to conduct research and build tech that will catalyze ecological regeneration. Together, we are cultivating a research ecosystem that grows across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

​Four labs are already working toward our goal. Three more launched Earth Day: Bison, Coastal Wetland Forests, and Bundled Ecological NFT. Learn more about the institute and match with a lab by watching our Earth Day event! Diverse skills are needed—and all are welcome. Come lend your unique genius to the planet!

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current labs

learn, enroll, pitch
Global Forests
Aron Boettcher ☉

University of Hawaii
Kyle Fisher ❍ Andre Otte  ❍
We are building an accurate and global model for predicting potential rates of reforestation and resulting carbon sequestration. Such a model could have a transformational impact on global reforestation efforts by opening new streams of financing in the form of carbon credit futures.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Bison
Jason Baldes ☉
NWF & ITBC

Gisel Booman ☉
RegenNetwork

Emily Austin ❍ Colin Hill ❍ Valérie Lechêne ❍ Justin Lewis ❍ Jens Owen ❍ Jason Prasad ❍ 
Across the continent, a number of first nations are reintroducing bison to grasslands where they were once an ecologically vital species. Initial experiences and evolutionary considerations suggest that this may be ecologically beneficial in terms of biodiversity, carbon cycle, and resilience to climate change. However, these questions have not yet been studied at scale. In this lab, we will leverage remote sensing to scale up from ground measurements, establishing the large-scale patterns of bison impact.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Coastal Forested Wetlands
Elliott White Jr. ☉

Stanford University

Nikhil Raj Deep ❍ Aaron Hirsh ❍ Stephanie Kao ❍ Layla Tadjpour ❍  
The goal of our lab is to create a high-spatial resolution map of coastal forested wetlands at global scale. If we know precisely where these ecologically critical but fragile forests are located, we can manage freshwater flows to counteract saltwater introgression due to rising sea levels, and we can assist in their migration inland, preserving their critical function in protecting coastlines and sequestering carbon.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Impact & Risk
Aaron Hirsh

Collaborative Earth
Collaborative Earth Open-Science Network ❍
Leveraging Collaborative Earth's broad scientific and technical expertise, the Impact & Risk lab helps investors and governments who earnestly want to forecast, measure, and address the socio-ecological risks to and/or impacts from their work. For a given system, we build simple process-based models to identify key socio-ecological risks and outcomes. We then draw on big data to improve and train our models, generating quantitative predictions and developing measurement systems for verification.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Beaver
Grace Lindsay

New York University
Avinash Mahech ❍ Cary Murray ❍ Wendy Owens Rios ❍ Quintin Tyree ❍
Beaver dams are known to result in greener, more drought-resilient waterways in semi-arid environments. We are using computer vision to spot dams in satellite imagery, generating a large dataset that we can use to train models that will tell us what the ecological effects of a dam will be at any point on a waterway. The goal is to create a tool to guide efficient restoration through the introduction of small dams.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Ganges
Anthony Acciavatti ☉

Yale University

Sarthak Arora ❍ Markley Boyer ❍ Nikhil Raj Deep ❍ Jiby Matthew ❍ James Smoot ❍ Michael Warner ❍
In our pursuit of a successful and thriving relationship between humanity and natural systems, the Ganges river basin represents an extreme challenge. It is densely populated, remains agriculturally productive, and subject to an extremely powerful monsoon. We are mapping and analyzing a key feature of the Ganges basin—naalas—to understand how new forms of green infrastructure, such as parks, bioswales, and bioremediation, can rejuvenate this vital and sacred river.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Assisted Forest
Regeneration
Leland Werden ☉

ETH Zürich

Collaborative Earth AFR Data Team ❍
This project is pioneering the idea of a massively open literature review. We aim to quantify potential carbon capture and plant biodiversity recovery of forest, savannah, and mangrove assisted restoration projects. To do so, we are gathering and synthesizing unpublished data from field partners, integrating as much information from non-English sources as possible. There is a wealth of wisdom that has not been published in academic journals, and we aspire to integrate these insights into our review.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Pitch!
You ☉
A scientific question or technological need that you believe stands as a key barrier to ecological regeneration. We will work with you to develop your proposal and identify the roles that would fill out the right interdisciplinary team. Consult some of the other lab pages as examples, and click below to read about more specific steps in the process.
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Coastal Wetland Forests
Elliott White Jr

The goal of our lab is to create a high-spatial resolution map of coastal forested wetlands at global scale. If we know precisely where these ecologically critical but fragile forests are located, we can manage freshwater flows to counteract saltwater introgression due to rising sea levels, and we can assist in their migration inland, preserving their critical function in protecting coastlines and sequestering carbon.

Bison
Jason Baldes
Gisel Booman

Across the continent, a number of first nations are in the process of reintroducing bison to the grasslands in which they were once the primary grazer and an ecologically vital species. Initial experiences and evolutionary considerations suggest that this may be ecologically beneficial in terms of grassland biodiversity, carbon cycle, and resilience to climate change. However, these questions have not yet been studied at scale. In this lab, we will leverage remote sensing to scale up from ground measurements, establishing the large-scale patterns of bison impact.

Riparian Ecosystems
Forrest Pound

Beaver dams are known to result in greener, more drought-resilient waterways in semi-arid environments. We are using computer vision to spot dams in satellite imagery, generating a large dataset that we can use to train models that will tell us what the ecological effects of a dam will be at any point on a waterway. The goal is to create a tool to guide efficient restoration through the introduction of small dams.

Bundled Ecological NFT
Philip Taylor

Markets in voluntary carbon credits are increasingly providing a flow of capital for regenerating ecosystems. The problem is, thriving and resilient ecosystems are not just carbon. We need to find ways to structure credits to incentivize the diverse and functional ecosystems we want, not merely high-concentrations of carbon. We will design the technological tools to support a market in bundled ecological credits.

Global Forests
Aron Boettcher

We are building an accurate and global model for predicting potential rates of reforestation and resulting carbon sequestration. Such a model could have a transformational impact on global reforestation efforts by opening new streams of financing in the form of carbon credit futures.

Impact & Risk
Aaron Hirsh
Valérie Lechêne

Leveraging The Earthshot Institute’s broad scientific and technical expertise, the Impact and Risk Lab helps investors and governments who earnestly want to forecast, measure, and address the socio-ecological risks to and/or impacts from their work. For a given system, we build simple process-based models to identify key socio-ecological risks and outcomes. We then draw on big data to improve and train our models, generating quantitative predictions and developing measurement systems for verification.

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