Kalamazoo RESA’s West Campus
Math and Science is for Everyone: Experiences from the Treetops
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni has been called “The Queen of the Forest Canopy.” She is on the faculty of the University of Utah where she is Director of the Center for Science and Math Education and a Professor of Biology. She has been both a pioneer in forest canopy studies and in fostering the communication of scientific research to the general public. Her research on the ecology of forest canopies in rainforests of Costa Rica and Washington State is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.
Dr. Nadkarni is deeply committed to public engagement with science. In 1994, she co-founded the International Canopy Network, a non-profit organization to foster communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Natural History, Glamour, Discover, Ranger Rick, and Playboy, and she has appeared in television documentaries, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Good Morning, America, and National Geographic. In 2011, she was awarded the AAAS Public Engagement With Science Award, recognizing “her unique, persistent and innovative public engagement activities that have served to raise awareness of environmental and conservation issues with a broad and exceedingly diverse audience.”