Nature for everyone

Born in the Netherlands and raised in Canada, I developed my love for the outdoors and my commitment to conserving nature from a young age. Reading works by Jane Jacobs and James Howard Kunstler as a teenager, I questioned the imbalance between nature and the encroaching urban sprawl I saw around me in suburban Canada.

As an ecological engineer, driven by a love for ecology and a fascination with technology, I research, design, and pilot emerging technologies to build better urban ecosystems for people and nature. A framework I call the “Internet of Nature”.

With over a decade of experience in academia across four continents, scientific research is squarely in my wheelhouse. But my research combined with my years working at—and building my own—tech start-ups is where I stand out. I now deliver keynotes, moderate global events, disseminate knowledge, and launch products at the nexus of cities, ecology, and technology. Work that has been recognized by National Geographic, Forbes, The Next Web, Newsweek, ELLE, and the European Space Agency.

Clients, colleagues, and friends value my ability to take ownership of the results. I like to think this ability, combined with my honesty, empathy, and ingenuity, is what makes me a leader capable of successfully leading teams to accomplish a shared mission.

I am excited about the path I'm on, researching and building knowledge to “take nature online” and I take great pride in the fact that my head is in science, but my heart is in communicating. I look forward to translating academic and technological discoveries into public information across different media.

Awards

My work has been recognized at both the academic and entrepreneurial levels.

2020
Fulbright Award, for research at MIT Senseable City Lab
Forbes 30 under 30, for Science and Healthcare
Duurzame Jonge 100, list of young changemakers
2019
ELLE Magazine, selected as a top-30 environmentalist in the Netherlands
Copernicus Master, Green City Watch won ESA's top prize at European Space Week
Planet Daily Change Challenge, Green City Watch was the overall winner
Duurzame Jonge 100, list of young changemakers
2018
UvA Alumni Award, for making a unique contribution to society through a thought-provoking project
Viva400, nominated for outstanding work in my field
GBDX for Sustainability Challenge, Green City Watch won out of 70+ submissions
T500, list of Dutch digital top talents under 25
Duurzame Jonge 100, list of young changemakers

Publications

An overview of my academic and professional publications.

Academic publications

Galle, N.J., Nitoslawski, S.A., & Pilla, F. (2019). The Internet of Nature: How taking nature online can shape urban ecosystems. The Anthropocene Review, 6(3), 279-287.

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Nitoslawski, S.A., Galle, N.J., Konijnendijk van den Bosch, C., & Steenberg, J.W.N. (2019). Smarter ecosystems for smarter cities? A review of trends, technologies, and turning points for smart urban forestry. Sustainable Cities and Society, 51, 101770.

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Galle, N.J. & Nitoslawski, S.A. (2020). Biophilic cities for the 22nd century. Biophilic Cities Journal, 3(2), 12-21.

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Galle, N.J., Ghahramani, S., Assem, H., Basu, B., Duarte, F., Ratti, C., & Pilla, F. (2020). Sentiment analysis of urban park reviews on TripAdvisor using Random Forest and Support Vector Machine classifiers. Under review by City and Environmental Interaction.

Manuscript under review

Galle, N.J., Brinton, W., Vos, R.J., Duarte, F., Ratti, C., & Pilla, F. (2020). Spatial variability of urban forest soil properties: towards representative and robust sampling design. Under review by Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.

Manuscript under review

Galle, N.J., Halpern, D., Nitoslawski, S.A., Duarte, F., Ratti, C., & Pilla, F. (2020). Diversity of street tree inventories across eight international cities. Under review by Urban Forestry and Urban Greening.

Manuscript under review

Roemers, G., Galle, N.J., & Giezen, M. (2016). Planning the Circular City: lessons from post-industrial Amsterdam. Resilient Cities: Rethinking Urban Transformation. UK: Springer Publishing.

Galle, N.J. (2016). What Comes Out, Must Go in: Macronutrient balance assessment of transitioning home gardens in southern Ethiopia (master’s thesis). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: University of Amsterdam. Retrieved from Wageningen University and Research Library.

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Professional publications

Galle, N.J. (2018). The Metabolism of Amsterdam Open Air. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Metabolic.

Galle, N.J., & Kotvis, X. (2018). Circular DGTL Amsterdam 2018: Staging a revolution. Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Galle, N.J., Van Exter, P., & Tauber, M,. (2018). Circulair Eigen Haard (Circular Eigen Haard). Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Gladek, E., Van Exter, P., Roemers, G., Schlueter, L., De Winter, J, Galle, N.J., & Dufourmont, J. (2018). Circular Rotterdam: Opportunities for new jobs in a zero-waste economy. Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Gladek, E., Galle, N.J., Kennedy, E., Mason, T., & Thorin, T. (2018). The Metabolism of Schiphol: Towards a circular airport. Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Galle, N.J., De Haes, S., & Hemmelder, A. (2017). Afvalvrij DGTL: Op weg naar het eerste circulaire festival ter wereld (Zero-Waste DGTL: Enroute to the world’s first circular festival). Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Galle, N.J., De Haes, S., & Hemmelder, A. (2017). Handbook for a zero-waste festival: Transitioning to a circular economy. Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Galle, N.J., & De Haes, S. (2017). Welcome to the Circular Village. Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Galle, N.J., Roemers, G., Gladek, E., Verkooijen, L., & Roosendaal, J. (2017). Circulair Vlieland (Circular Vlieland). Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Roemers, G., Faes, K, Gladek, E., Galle, N.J., & Blok, M. (2016). Amsterdamse roadmap voor circulaire gronduitgifte (Amsterdam’s roadmap for circular land tendering). Retrieved from the City of Amsterdam.

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Roemers, G., Galle, N.J., & Kennedy, E. (2016). Notitie Rijk van Nijmegen: Regionale visie en uitvoeringsprogramma (Report on Nijmegen: Regional vision and implementation program). Retrieved from Metabolic.

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Media highlights

My work picked up across different media channels.

Videos

Podcasts

The Internet of Nature: applying emerging technologies to improve the health of urban ecosystems, The Human-Centered AI Podcast
Tall Stories 206: the Internet of Nature, Monocle’s The Urbanist
Empowering urban foresters to manage their tree inventory in real-time, Inspiring Social Entrepreneurs Podcast
Cities and the Internet of Nature, The Making Good Podcast
Interview with Nadina Galle, Tangled Podcast

Interviews

Digitizing nature: how taking nature online could be the answer to greener cities, Medium
Saving trees with satellites: from startup to growth business through European competition, Netherlands Space Office
Who is the Greta Thunberg of the Netherlands? Meet these top-30 sustainability do-gooders, Elle Magazine
Forest Ranger 2.0: The data science of forest monitoring, Net Impact Amsterdam
How the Internet of Nature can protect, restore, and enhance urban nature, Irish Tech News
Nadina Galle previews her presentation for Trees, People and the Built Environment 4, Institute for Chartered Foresters
The Internet of Nature begins with the soil, Biind Magazine [Dutch]
Internet and nature go hand-in-hand, Biind Magazine [Dutch]*
* English translation in my blog
De Zwijger spreekt met… Nadina Galle, Pakhuis de Zwijger [Dutch]