SEATTLE, Wash. - Nalini Nadkarni, a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, will be presented with the Grace Hopper Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor recognizing Nadkarni for her pioneering work in forest canopy research, and as a community leader and positive role model for students. The Hopper Awards, presented by the Seattle Girls' School, will be awarded at a luncheon May 22 at the Westin Hotel.
Nadkarni teaches Environmental Studies programs at Evergreen and is widely known for her work with forest canopy research, a world until recently, was largely unexplored. Her research is focused on the ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies, particularly the role that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests. She carries out field research in Washington State and in Monteverde, Costa Rica with the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Brown University in 1976, her Ph.D in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington in 1983, and has published two books and over 55 scientific articles in scientific journals. For more information, call 206-709-2228, extension 208.