Dr. Nalini Nadkarni PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Smith   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:07

From October 17th-24th, the Kellogg Biological Station was fortunate enough to be able to host Dr. Nalini Nadkarni as a visiting scholar. Dr. Nadkarni is a professor at the University of Utah, and she specializes in forest canopy research. She has spent the last thirty years researching the canopies of the cloud forests of Costa Rica and the temperate rain forests of western Washington.  She was one of the pioneers of using mountain climbing techniques to climb trees—a method that is safe for both the human and the tree.

Dr. Nadkarni gave several presentations to a wide variety of audiences throughout her visit. On Friday the 19th, she gave a presentation specifically about her research to the faculty of the Biological Station. The next day, she gave a workshop for a group of high school students about forest ecology, and then did a tree climbing demonstration for them. On Sunday the 21st, she led a forest walk for people of all ages at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, and she concluded the walk with another tree climbing demonstration.


Dr. Nadkarni demonstrating her tree climbing techniques to a group of high school students.


Dr. Nadkarni showing a group of children how to properly rig a tree for climbing during the forest walk on Sunday, October 21st.

On the evening of the 23rd, Dr. Nadkarni gave a public presentation about her other passion—spreading scientific knowledge to non-scientific communities. She explained how she began a program growing threatened species of mosses in a prison in Washington state. The program has expanded to other prisons across the state of Washington, and now involves the breeding of other endangered species, like the Oregon Spotted Frog. Hearing her speak with such enthusiasm was an inspiring experience. One attendee described her as being “incredibly engaging,” and another said she was “dynamic.”

The Kellogg Biological Station is lucky enough to host a few visiting scholars a year. Be sure to keep an ear out for the next one! These visits are wonderful learning experiences for everyone.