The complexity, dynamics, and vulnerability of rainforests requires insights from many disciplines. Nalini Nadkarni brings deep experience of academic ecology to the loom of understanding forest landscapes, and weaves insights from seemingly distant ways of knowing as religion, social justice, traffic engineering, sociology, neuroscience, urban planning, and medicine to elucidate the processes of recovery following disturbances in a broad range of systems.
Nalini Nadkarni is known as the "Queen of the Rainforest Canopy." She is a forest ecologist and science communicator who disseminates her understanding of trees to audiences that include artists, church congregations, and the incarcerated. She written over 110 articles, three scholarly books, and has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.