Observatree, an early warning system for tree health

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Dr Kate Lewthwaite has worked at the Woodland Trust for the last 11 years, most recently as Citizen Science Manager. She oversees the Woodland Trust’s contribution to the multi-partner Observatree project which uses volunteers to help professional scientists monitor and report tree disease. In addition, she manages the long running ‘Nature’s Calendar’ scheme which encourages volunteers to record spring and autumn phenology of trees, shrubs, insects and birds. These records add to a dataset that began in the 17th Century and is now used extensively by scientists and government to monitor the impacts of climate change on wildlife. Prior to joining the Woodland Trust, Kate spent a short while working in the Widening Participation team at Newcastle University and three years at a science communication company advising on the development of interactive science exhibits. Kate’s degree and PhD are from Durham University where she specialised in plant ecology and environmental change.