All the nature we can see intimately depends on all the nature we can’t see.
Microbes shape our lives and the world around us - in beneficial and life-sustaining ways. Learn how we can – and must – protect the microbial communities in our ecosystems and bodies. Microbes can help restore ecosystems, clean up pollution, shape our foods, and are contributing to a revolution in urban architecture!
In this talk, Dr Jake Robinson will introduce us to these invisible friends – the microbes that live in the soil, on plants, in the air, and within our very own 'walking ecosystem' - the human body. He will talk about our coevolution and the importance of restoring biodiversity in our cities and our guts.
Jake's new book, Invisible Friends: How Microbes Shape Our Lives and the World Around Us, is about our extraordinary relationship with microbes, how they shape our lives and the world around us and the weird, wonderful, and indispensable roles they play in our health, behaviour, society, and ecosystems!
For more information about Invisible Friends, visit his website here.
Jake is a microbial ecologist based in Australia. He studies microbial ecology and social equity issues and enjoys developing ways to conserve and restore nature. Jake's research spans the fields of microbial ecology, ecological restoration, inter-kingdom interactions, and socioecological healing.
This event is run by Charles Sturt Libraries and is proudly part of the 2023 Nature Festival.