Biodiversity and the environment are critical to our society. They provide us with food and water, absorb pollution, improve health and assist recovery from natural disasters.
Biodiversity is faced by growing threats, however, such as climate change and the spread of diseases. An area the size of Greece is lost to deforestation every year, soil is being lost 13 to 18 times faster than it is being formed, and invasive species are thought to be causing 40% of all known extinctions over the past 300 years.
Responding to these interacting threats requires a better understanding of ecosystem processes and how they change over time.