To see the world through Dr. Nalini Nadkarni's eyes you have to look up
-- way up. As an expert on the ecology of tropical and temperate forest
canopies -- particularly the role that canopy-dwelling plants play in
forests at the ecosystem level -- Nadkarni's research takes her far
above ground in Washington State and in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
tree activist Nadkarni is at the forefront of communicating forest
canopy research results to non-scientists through collaborations with
artists, physicians, sports figures, and religious leaders. In 1994, Nadkarni
co-founded and became President of the International Canopy Network, a
non-profit organization that fosters communication among researchers,
educators, and conservationists concerned with forest canopies.