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Henberg Lectureship looks at rainforest dynamics

March 11, 2017

The College of Idaho’s Marv and Laurie Henberg Lectureship in Environmental Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Nalini Nadkarni to campus. Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah, will speak on “A Tapestry of Nature: Emerging Themes of Disturbance and Recovery from Multiple Disciplines” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Langroise Recital Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The complexity, dynamics and vulnerability of rainforests require insights from many disciplines. Nadkarni, known as “Queen of the Rainforest Canopy,” brings deep experience of academic ecology to the loom of understanding forest landscapes. She weaves insights from seemingly distant ways of knowing such 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.

Nadkarni is a forest ecologist and science communicator who disseminates her understanding of trees to audiences that include artists, church congregations and the incarcerated. She has written more than 100 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.

The Henberg Lectureship in Environmental Studies was established in 2015 by C of I President Emeritus Marv Henberg and his wife, Laurie, who share a passion for the outdoors. The endowed lecture series aims to extend learning beyond the classroom by bringing in outside voices to enrich campus education on environmental issues ranging across all disciplines.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit