Intro [Matthias Beyer] Academia is tough. In times where many are abandoning their scientific career because of the lack of opportunities or frustration about endless time-limited contracts, many have recognized that changes in the system are urgently required. But how is the system gonna change, if we don’t change? Research should be part of life, but not the center of life. Work should be fun, not pure pressure, stress and frustration. Isodrones is a research group on their pursuit of happiness, with novel and innovative research being one important part. Our philosophy is that we are humans, and not research machines, and as PI and group leader, my job is to form personalities with values as well. This is what we try to do.
We are an interdisciplinary group of young eco- & tech-scientists involved in different research projects. Our home base is the TU Braunschweig but for our field experiments we swarm out around the world. Our research revolves around water fluxes in diverse ecosystems. We follow the water drop from the atmosphere through soils to groundwater and through trees back to the atmosphere. To do this, we apply and further develop water stable isotope and UAV/drone based approaches.