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2019 Wild Utah Project Luncheon

  • I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center (map)

If you’re interested in attending, please contact Kim Howes at or 801-328-3550.

Exploring the Power and Pitfalls of Storytelling for Conservation

A conversation with Dr. Nalini Nadkarni and Stephen Trimble.

Scientists often communicate through lists of goals and outputs, devoid of any emotional attachment. We’ve been taught to eliminate sentiment from scientific narrative, to deliver only data and outcomes.

Storytelling can emotionally engage non-scientists unfamiliar with theoretical concepts in ways that facts and figures cannot. Telling compelling stories that bring data to life transforms research into a journey of discovery that promotes deeper understanding.


Dr. Nalini Nadkarni pioneered the study of Costa Rican rain forest canopies. Currently a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah, she’s the author of Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections to Trees and has delivered TED Talks on “Conserving the Canopy” and “Life Science in Prison.”


Stephen Trimble often serves as a consultant and writer for the conservation community. He was recognized by Catalyst Magazine as one of 100 “catalysts, inspirators—those who have made our Wasatch Front community a more sustainable, compassionate and vibrant place to live.”