Dr Samantha Grover leads the Soil-Atmosphere-Anthroposphere Lab (SAAL) at RMIT University. The SAAL’s research focuses on the connection between soils, climate change and people, and studies how we can better manage soils to store more carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase food security and improve ecosystem health. The SAAL’s applied research projects in alpine and tropical peatlands, urban sports fields, home composting and innovative agricultural systems in Australia and Indonesia are underpinned by strong partnerships with government, industry and community. In her roles as Victorian President of Soil Science Australia, Expert Reviewer for the IPCC, Committee member of the International Mire Conservation Group and Ozflux, Grover contributes soil-atmosphere expertise to local, national and international policy and decision making. Grover delights in making science accessible and engaging: for her students in RMIT’s Environmental Science Bachelors and Masters degrees; for a younger audience via her children’s book “Exploring Soils: a hidden world underground”; as well as to a wide public audience as a “Superstar of STEM”.