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Nalini Nadkarni: Roots to Canopy

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Throughout human history, trees have provided our most important sources of sustenance, protection, and wonder. Nalini Nadkarni, a tree canopy ecologist, has spent four decades dangling among the branches to study the ways that forests inform our daily lives. Climb into the clouds to experience the magnificent wildlife and incredible science happening in the vast, hidden worlds suspended above our heads. 

With expertise honed through years of studying these treetop realms, Nadkarni is one of the world’s foremost experts on the vital role canopy ecosystems play in our planet's health. Discover the fascinating interconnections between canopy flora and fauna and the urgent importance of conserving these biodiverse habitats. Join Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live for an immersive journey into the heart of the forest canopy, where science, conservation, and wonder converge. 

ASL Interpretation at National Geographic Live
Arts Commons Presents will provide an ASL Interpreter at both presentations of Nalini Nadkarni: Roots to Canopy . The interpreter will be located toward the left side of the stage when viewing from your seat. For the best view, choose Orchestra or Mezzanine level seating. Should you have any questions or need assistance, please email

"Nadkarni's work demonstrates the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and creative thinking in scientific research." - National Geographic 

"Nalini Nadkarni's work exemplifies the intersection of science, art, and conservation, inspiring new ways of engaging with nature." - Smithsonian Magazine 

"As a scientist and educator, Nalini Nadkarni has dedicated her career to exploring and preserving the wonders of the natural world." - University of Utah