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Faith and Forests Webinar with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
October 18, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Join Interfaith Power & Light as we host pioneering forest canopy biologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on October 18th at 1:30PM ET/10:30am PT! Dr. Nadkarni will talk about her work studying the forest canopy and finding that many faith and spiritual traditions have trees and forests as central parts of their respective religious texts. She emphasized both the universal spiritual symbolism of trees and the ways that trees and forests are portrayed in the sacred writings of particular religions.
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Professor of Biology at the University of Utah and a pioneer in the field of forest canopy science. She carries out research on ecological interactions in rainforest canopies with support from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Nadkarni also engages people outside academia through collaborations with faith-based groups, artists, corporations and people who are incarcerated. Her work is featured in journals and in public media such as NPR, Science Friday and RadioLab. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the AAAS Award for Public Engagement, the The William Wilson Award for Social Justice, and the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation.