Judith Sarneel is an enthusiastic spatial ecologist that works on issues relevant to society, and leads the Teatime4science project. Judiths’ scientific interests involve the effects of anthropogenic influences such as pollution and water level regulation, but also the effects of restoration. Since her PhD in fen ecology, Judith worked with soil processes such as decomposition. In her research, she has always combined both fundamental and applied questions. Therefore, she was a member of the Dutch advisory board for fen management and the Centre for Wetland Ecology (collaboration between Dutch and Flemish scientists working on wetland ecology) and participated in numerous dissemination activities such as the ‘sustainability Olympiad’ and the ‘fascination for plants day’. Further, she also often publishes her results for a wider, not scientific audience.