Join NHI for a virtual conversation with rainforest ecologist and science public advocate Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, which will explore the role of natural history in navigating our age of compounding environmental crises.
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Utah, has a life-long love affair with trees, and has led extensive exploration and research in the canopies of both tropical and temperate forests. She has authored numerous scientific papers, and is the author of Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees, among other books. She has engaged in numerous creative campaigns to bring messages of stewardship to new populations, including working in prisons, churches, and with the fashion industry. She was the model for “TreeTop Barbie,” an action doll designed to inspire girls to work in conservation and ecology. She is co-founder and President of the International Canopy Network, past President of the Association for Tropical Biology, and past Vice-President for Education and Diversity of the Ecological Society of America.
E.B. White famously said, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” In our current time of devastating climate change and social and ecological upheavals, finding the balance between savoring and saving the world becomes more challenging, and more essential. We’ll explore the role of attentive natural history—the direct practice of savoring the world—in addressing the seeming unraveling of the world, with Nalini Nadkarni, an intrepid scientific explorer of forests—especially their previously little known canopies—and a passionate advocate for the importance of human relationship with trees and forests.
“Between Earth and Sky: Passionate Science, Creative Solutions” is a part of NHI’s webinar series, “Savoring and Saving the World: Facing the Future in This Present Moment,” hosted by Dr. Tom Fleischner.
This event series is sponsored by Slater & Rutherford.