Earthwatch researcher Dr. L. M. S. Palni explores the intersection of plant science, climate change, technology, and society in the Indian Himalayas.
Why work with Earthwatchers?
Says Dr. Palni: “Citizen scientists - members of the public who voluntarily participate in a scientific study - have a unique opportunity to bring about a positive change. Citizen science has the potential to connect individuals of different backgrounds and age groups with field science, and to empower them with knowledge, understanding, and the conviction to build on conservation efforts. For many participants, joining a research project can be a life-changing experience. The knowledge, inspiration, and insights they take back to their own communities have a strong ripple effect on the lives and attitudes of those around them.”
A great moment in the field:
Dr. Palni has made outstanding contributions to conserving biodiversity in the Himalayan region. His microbiologic work has yielded bacteria strains with strong potential as biocontrol agents—in other words, as natural ways to manage insect agricultural pests. Such agents could play a crucial role in restoring and preserving the environment of the central Himalayas.