ISA offers a variety of educational materials and products to help arborists improve their arboricultural knowledge and experience. Every month we will feature a product or group of products. This month ISA is featuring the Internet of Nature Podcast hosted by Dr. Nadina Galle.
The Internet of Nature Podcast focuses on the relationship between nature and technology and whether the two can cooperate to stabilize the climate, sustain urban environments and benefit community health.
An ecological engineers, Galle coined the concept “Internet of Nature”(IoN) after completing her Ph.D. dissertation. “I knew I wanted to do more to bring science to practice, ideally through sharing stories behind some of today's most inspiring IoN entrepreneurs and innovators,” Galle said. “I chose to podcast because it was a medium I already loved. Podcasts are easy to access, help to democratize knowledge, and can build a community around novel ideas. I love being a podcast host, it's one of the best parts of my work.”
Prior to hosting the podcast, Galle was Fulbright Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab where she holds a research affiliation. She is also a seasonal lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and an advisor to many start-ups and universities. Her work has been featured in BBC documentaries, European radio shows, and in various print publications such as Newsweek, ELLE, and National Geographic.
Currently on season three, the podcast features episodes such as Urban Deforestation and What We Can Do About It with Matthew Wells of the City of Santa Monica; Creating the World’s First “Talking Tree” Tour that Changed a Neighborhood with Puck van Dijk of Play Productions; Talking with Trees and the Power of Soil Sensors with Marcel Steegh of SoilMania and so much more.
A new episode premieres every Wednesday and involves Galle interviewing top CEOs and innovators on their technologies for building greener and smarter cities.
“One of my favorite parts of the podcast is ending every episode by asking my guest, ‘What does the Internet of Nature mean to you?’” she said. “The breadth and diversity in these responses are incredible, and I encourage [listeners] to ask [themselves] the same question. Have a great answer? Reach out and let me know!”
Through her podcast, Galle aims to show people how technology and nature can work together to improve the environment.
“Nature and technology have long been viewed as opposing forces,” she said. “I expect to bring together two types of listeners—the naturalists and the technologists. The naturalists can be arborists, landscapers, foresters, ecologists, and designers creating a greener world, technologists can be the engineers, hackers, creators, and planners building a smarter world. I hope my listeners will learn that they can be both a naturalist and a technologist, just like me.”
Looking to the future, Galle said she hopes to grow her podcast by reaching new audiences through different mediums.
“In the future, I'd love to continue experimenting with more video podcasting to appeal to people who love watching as much as they do listening,” Galle said. “Ultimately, I hope to grow my audience to reach not only professionals, but citizens, as we can all play a part in the Internet of Nature, creating greener, healthier, and smarter cities for all.”
Along with most episodes in season three of the Internet of Nature podcast an accompanying quiz can be purchased for the opportunity to earn 0.5 CEUs. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity about how nature and technology can work together and earn CEUs.