November 2, 2006—He takes to the air with the greatest of
ease, soaring above the treetops in a lightweight powered paraglider.
For National Geographic Emerging Explorer Mark Olson, cruising
the skies is just part of a day's work examining plant
The biologist studies the shape of trees from above
to gain insights about the variety of ways plants collect light.
Hitch a ride on one of Olson's aerial surveys, and find out how a
childhood passion for nature gave rise to his unique style of