Patrick Gonzalez takes a measurement in the field.

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Dr. Patrick Gonzalez is a forest ecologist, Principal Climate Change Scientist of the U.S. National Park Service, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He advances science-based action on human-caused climate change through research on climate change, ecosystems, wildfire, and carbon solutions and assistance to local people and policymakers on biodiversity conservation and natural resource management. Dr. Gonzalez has conducted field research in Africa, Latin America, and the U.S., published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other journals, and contributed science to policy in positions in Washington, DC. He has stood publicly for scientific integrity and broadened public understanding of climate change in 121 published articles on his research in the New York Times and other media. Dr. Gonzalez has served as a lead author for four reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the science panel awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Recent Advances Lecturer

Profile picture of a smiling Dr. Kelly Ramirez

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Dr. Kelly S Ramirez (she/her) is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a microbial ecologist that researches the influence of global changes on plant-microbe interactions and the soil microbiome. She also has worked to translate these results for global policy with the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative and the UN-FAO. Dr. Ramirez is also an advocate for social justice through her work with 500 Women Scientists.

New Phytologist Foundation Keynote Speaker

Nalini Nadkarni climbing in a forest from an aerial angle. She stops, suspended in air, to smile for this photo.

Photo courtesy Sybil Gotsch
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a biology professor and forest ecologist at the University of Utah. Her research documents the ecological roles that canopy-dwelling biota play in ecosystem processes in tropical and temperate rainforests. She has published over 130 scientific articles and three scholarly books. She also brings science and conservation to non-traditional public audiences such as faith-based groups, urban youth, artists, and incarcerated adults and youth. Dr. Nadkarni is a two-time TED speaker, a National Geographic Society Explorer, and has a “TreeTop Barbie” created by the Mattel Corporation in her image. Her work has been featured in journals ranging from Science and Ecology to Glamour and Playboy. These efforts are supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation, the AAAS Award for Public Engagement, the National Science Foundation Public Service Award, and the William Julius Wilson Award for Achievement in Social Justice.