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September 12, 2023 74 mins

Fritz Kleinschroth, senior research scientist at the Ecosystem Management Group of ETH Zurich reflects on various examples where human infrastructure and nature have collided, from the tropics to his own backyard in Zurich, Switzerland. We discuss the importance of reconciliation ecology going forward and how infrastructure can be planned to be more integrated with natural ecosystems.

Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Breaking Sweat by Balloon Planet (Check out more of their tunes over at Soundcloud:

00:00 Intro
01:11 Guest introduction and beavers as crowd pleasers
05:45 Fritz’s unsatisfiable curiosity and interest for visualization
07:12 Nicaragua’s forest reserve - the prologue
09:09 Did Fritz actually go into forestry?
11:51 Logging roads through forests
17:04 Spotting roads from a satellite image
18:50 Fritz’s collaboration with the forest certification body
19:28 Certification system for logging practice
24:50 Holistic vs dynamic way of seeing ecology
25:40 Fritz’s move to Zurich
26:57 Linking satellite observations with floating plant invasions
31:27 Reasons for working in the tropics
32:38 Living on an island for a year
35:15 Moving the research into the urban space
38:34 Nature-based solutions
40:11 COVID19 and the importance of green spaces
43:51 Reconciliation Ecology - Win Win Ecology
48:19 Drone imagery as a tool for visualization
49:56 Fritz’s drone adventure
53:58 Getting a different perspective of landscapes with drones
58:20 Coming full circle to urban, where to next?
1:00:50 Q&A Start
1:01:11 If you had a magic wand?
1:02:40 Key event, person, book
1:05:43 Biggest challenge in career to date
1:08:43 Time management
1:10:29 Advice for young researchers
1:11:50 Where can people reach you?
1:12:40 Final Message
1:13:10 Outro

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