This is the first of many peat-related posts. Towards the end of 2013, I was interviewed by Laura Bramley for her post on The Freshwater Blog – a great site that regularly publishes information of relevance to freshwater management, conservation and policy, as part of the European Union-funded MARS project. Laura managed to eloquently transcribe my mumblings, to an extent that I had a much clearer outlook on my research and career direction after reading it. I’m posting it here in case it provides a useful insight into why I’m so passionate about peat. Thanks, Laura!