On being a woman, in the field and in her field

It was the sense of adventure that wooed Greta Dargie into scientific research, the photos shown during her undergraduate lectures of scientists sailing off to Antarctica or into the Amazon rainforest that inspired her – a self-defined “nervous person” – to fly far from her home in the UK and discover something new about the natural world.

That she did when in 2017 she published a pivotal paper on the Congo Basins’ tropical peatlands, proving them to be the largest swath of this ecosystem on the planet with carbon stocks so high that she had to calculate them multiple times to believe them true.

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