Engaging poets, preachers, prisoners as science partners

Nalini Nadkarni presents at CSU Nov. 10

Renowned forest canopy ecologist Nalini Nadkarni believes that science and nature belong everywhere and that everyone should be aware of nature and the scientific enterprise. She will present “The Tapestry of Science: Engaging poets, preachers, NaliniNadkarni imageand prisoners as partners,” at Colorado State University on Monday, Nov. 10.

This event is free and open to the public. It is presented by The Riordan Family Leadership in Environment and Natural Resources Program in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources .

The Tapestry of Science: Engaging poets, preachers, and prisoners as partners
Monday, Nov. 10
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Natural Resources Building Room 113, CSU Campus
Free and open to the public

 The queen of forest canopy research

Nadkarni is a professor of biology at the University of Utah, and is a pioneer in forest canopy studies. For the past 30 years, Nadkarni has studied the plants and animals that live in the treetops of rainforests on four continents and has documented the poorly-known world of the forest canopy using mountain-climbing ropes, hot air balloons, and construction cranes.

Her research has documented the critical roles that canopy plants play in forest ecosystems. Much of her innovative work is dedicated to advancing diverse public engagement in science. She brings science to dynamic sectors of society, including church congregations, urban youth, older citizens, incarcerated men and women, musicians, and artists.

In 1994, Nadkarni founded the International Canopy Network, an NGO to foster communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists. In 2005, she co-founded the Sustainability in Prisons Program, which brings science lectures and hands-on conservation projects to incarcerated men and women in Washington State and around the country. In 2009, she created the Research Ambassador Program, which recruits and trains other scientists to carry out engagement with science and conservation to underserved public audiences around the country.

Nadkarni has published over 100 scientific articles and three scholarly books, and her work has been featured in magazines such as Natural History, Glamour, and Playboy, and she has appeared in television documentaries, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Good Morning, America, and National Geographic.. Her recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2011 AAAS Award for Public Engagement, 2010 NSF Public Service Award, and 2012 Archie Carr Award for Conservation.

Riordan Family Leadership in Environmental and Natural Resources

The Riordan Family Leadership in Environmental and Natural Resources Program is dedicated to fostering greater environmental leadership at CSU and around the world. An initiative of the Warner College of Natural Resources, the Riordan Leadership Program was founded in 2012 and was created to establish a lasting legacy of environmental leadership that enables future and current natural resource professionals to make an impact on environmental challenges facing their communities.

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