Perhaps this is the way to make science more accessible; presenting PhD theses via the medium of interpretative dance.
Uma Nagendra isn't just a biologist, she's also a talented trapeze choreographer, and she was joined by colleagues to present her PhD in plant-soil feedbacks after severe tornado damage in unique fashion.
The University of Georgia, Athens, student won first prize in the annual Dance Your PhD competition, run by the Science journal, its publisher AAAS and HighWire Press, winning a $1,000 prize in the process.
If you somehow didn't find the gifs informative enough, Nagendra's proposal is that tornadoes can actually be constructive for the environment, granting tree seedlings a respite from parasitic fungi and allowing them to flourish.
You can watch the whole majestic video below.
Now we know, and knowing is half the battle.
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