Plenaries

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Weaving Science and Scientists into the Tapestry of Conservation

By Dr. Nalini  M. Nadkarni, Professor of Biology, University of Utah.


Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, is also known as “the Queen of Forest Canopy Research,” a field that relates directly to three pressing environmental issues: the sustainability of biodiversity, world climate, and forests. For three decades, she has used mountain-climbing techniques, construction cranes, and hot air balloons to explore life in the treetops. Nalini is a passionate communicator about nature to people in all walks of life and has innovated science engagement programs that bring lectures and conservation projects to non-traditional public audiences such as faith-based groups, urban youth, modern dancers, rap singers, and incarcerated men and women.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Science, Sociology, and Politics of Parks

By Commissioner Rose Harvey, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo nominated Rose Harvey to serve as Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in January 2011. Previously, Ms. Harvey held multiple leadership positions with The Trust for Public Land for 27 years, beginning as a community organizer and rising to Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region and finally as National Director of Urban Programs. Serving as Regional Director for 17 years, she annually oversaw the design and development of 10 to 12 new urban parks with and for underserved communities. She holds a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.E.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES).