Evidence of a Life Well Spent
I am privileged to be visiting with Nalini Nadkarni this week at the University of Utah. Nalini has an incredibly distinguished career in both science and science communication. One need look no further than this pile of field research notebooks to understand that she has truly dedicated her life to understanding the ecology of tropical montane cloud forests. For me, opening these old books has brought nothing but new ideas for research. That we are doing new science- based on data collected over 25 years ago -speaks to just how meticulous Nalini was in the field. If I have learned nothing from this week, it is how incredibly valuable it can be to spend just a few extra minutes at the end of the day writing those seemingly obvious details down...you never know who will be reading it in the future.