Lab and Lunch: Conserving the Canopy

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 • Noon–1 p.m.

Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery

Free, RSVP required. Email, or call 415.528.4444 and choose option 5.

Join forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni to hear how she brings her research on the science of forest canopies to churches, poetry slams, and prisons. She hopes to both learn from these audiences and inspire them to care more about science, trees, and nature.


“Part of the scientific enterprise is to disseminate the results of research to other scientists, as well as to people outside of academia. However, scientists often receive little training or rewards for presenting their results to non-scientists. When they do, most scientists tend to disseminate their information to ‘environmentally aware’ non-scientists via the media or informal science education institutions, such as museums and botanical gardens, which are less frequently visited by non-traditional audiences.”   —Nalini Nadkarni


About the Speaker


Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah, is deeply committed to public engagement with science. In 1994, she co-founded the International Canopy Network, to foster communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists concerned with forest canopies. She’s in residence as an Exploratorium Osher Fellow from May 21–25.