open science for
planetary regeneration
Join us in fostering a research ecosystem that grows across boundaries.
We are scientists and engineers, humanists and designers. Working entirely in the open, we conduct scientific research and develop technologies that catalyze ecological regeneration at planetary scale.
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1600+
members
6
active labs

how labs work

lifecycle of a lab
PITCH

A community member identifies a scientific question or technological need that stands as a key barrier to ecological regeneration. The proposal of a new lab to solve the problem is shared at an event and here on our website.

weeks 0-8

COALESCE

Community members extend their skills and knowledge to meet the new lab’s needs. The team commits to working together.

weeks 9-12

RESEARCH

Input from our council of advisors helps hone the plan. Research and development are carried out and documented.

weeks 13-40

ACT

The Institute and its community assist in circulating and activating the lab’s findings through publication, product launch, or acceleration into a new phase of work.

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
Andre Otte ❍ Kyle Fisher ❍
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
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.
ENROLLING
remote sensing • grassland ecology • soil science •
Learn more →
Coastal Wetland Forests
Elliott White Jr. ☉
Dept. of Earth System Science, Stanford University
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.
ENROLLING
remote sensing • machine learning • data visualization •
Learn more →
Bundled Ecological NFT
Philip Taylor ☉
MadAgriculture
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.
ENROLLING
blockchain engineering • full-stack development • finance •
Learn more →
Riparian Ecosystems
Forrest Pound ☉ Amgad Ellaboudy ❍ Grace Lindsay ❍ Robbe Verhofste ❍
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 →
Impact & Risk
Aaron Hirsh ☉
Valérie Lechêne ❍
Leveraging the Earthshot Institute’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
Learn more →
Pitch!
You ☉
The idea, scientific question, or technological need identified by you that stands as a key barrier to ecological regeneration. Register for the Earthshot Institute Launch Online Event taking place on Friday April 22 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CET to find out more.
PLANNING
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Ask any question you may have about the Bundled Ecological NFT lab presented at the Earth Day event.

Monday May 23
1pm PST / 4pm EST / 10pm CET

Q&A — Bundled Ecological NFT

Join our next community welcome call. We will go through a round of introductions and shed light on ways to get involved.

Friday June 3
‍10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CET

Community Welcome Call

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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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