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“Dr. Mark Ellison has been instrumental in starting the North American Chapter of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (INFOM). He has a unique perspective on how nature impacts  human health and well-being and has used to help share this information. More importantly, he understands the need to bring together people from many disciplines to be part of the conversation, and has endeavored to make this happen. INFOM is pleased to collaborate with Dr. Ellison to advance our organization in North America, and we look forward to working with him.”

Qing Li, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan. 

Dr. Li is a founder of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine and researches the health benefits of shinrin yoku, or forest bathing in the forests of Japan. He is the editor of the recently published book Forest Medicine.


“Dr. Mark Ellison is passionate about helping people connect with the natural environment for improved health and work effectiveness. Mark is an engaging presenter who understands how nature impacts health and clearly explains ways to make the most of time outdoors. If you are looking for a motivational speaker on using nature to improve health, I highly recommend Mark!”

Florence Williams

Florence Williams is the author of The Nature Fix, a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Slate, Mother Jones, High Country News, O-Oprah, W., Bicycling and numerous other publications. Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History  (W.W. Norton 2012) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times.

“In the realm of nature-based environmental influences on health, Dr. Mark Ellison has worked tirelessly to bring together the collective perspective of researchers, clinicians and professionals of various backgrounds. Not surprisingly, Dr. Ellison was the first to bring a North American home to the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine. The collateral benefit of his effort to grow a network of like-minded individuals has been the information portal known as Hiking Research. From the synthesis of cutting edge scientific findings, to the visceral description of nature guides and those working in wilderness tree planting, there simply isn’t another resource like Hiking Research. Visitors quickly recognize that it is not just another drive-by cut-and-paste blog – the Q and A interview style and the descriptive analysis of research findings allows for insightful perspective. Through Dr. Ellison’s efforts, the site has rapidly established itself as a trusted and authoritative voice on this topic.”

Alan C. Logan, ND – Co-Author, Your Brain on Nature


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