The Boething Lecture Series, held annually in honor of John and Susan Boething, addresses forests and the human predicament. Nalini M. Nadkarni, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah presents a lecture based on her studies of forest canopies. Using mountain-climbing gear, she ascends both tropical and temperate forests, making fascinating discoveries about canopy-dwelling organisms and their roles in expansive forest ecosystem. Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Member of the Faculty at the University of Utah, where she teaches in the Biology Department. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University (1976) and her PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington (1983). Her research is focused on the ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies, particularly the role that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at the ecosystem level. She carries out field research in Washington State and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.