Podcast: TED Talks series - Nalini Nadkarni on Conserving the Canopy

TED Talks


16:28 minutes

TED Talks series, FILMED FEB 2009 - POSTED MAR 2009 - TED2009

A unique ecosystem of plants, birds and monkeys thrives in the treetops of the rainforest. Nalini Nadkarni explores these canopy worlds -- and shares her findings with the world below, through dance, art and bold partnerships.

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Learning Goals

Nadkarni wants to open up the human mind to the great value and knowledge that the canopy level of trees can provide us.

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Description and Teaching Materials

People tend to compartmentalize themselves into IT people, and movie star people, and scientists, but when we share our perspectives about nature, we find a common denominator." (Nalini Nadkarni)

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Teaching Notes and Tips

This material can be used to explore the canopy level of trees and how it interacts with the nature and people connected to it.


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References and Resources

Called "the queen of canopy research," Nalini Nadkarni explores the rich, vital world found in the tops of trees. She communicates what she finds to non-scientists -- with the help of poets, preachers and prisoners. Full Bio >>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Nalini Nadkarni on Conserving the Canopy.