Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, Biology



  • Bachelor of Science, BROWN UNIVERSITY
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
  • Bachelor of Science, BROWN UNIVERSITY
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow. Ecological Society of America, 04/2016
  • The William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice. Washington State University, 06/2015
  • TIME Magazine names Nadkarni’s bringing nature imagery to prisoners in solitary confinement as “One of the Best Inventions of 2014”. Time Magazine, 12/2014
  • The medal recognizes outstanding national and international contributions to the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our natural heritage. Recipients are chosen by a national jury appointed by the Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History. Archie F. Carr Medal for Conservation, 01/2013
  • Women of Note Award. University of Utah, 06/2012
  • Artist in Residency. Columbus College of Art and Design, 02/2012
  • AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award. AAAS, 02/2012
  • Monito del Giardino Prize for Environmental Action. Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron Foundation, 11/2011
  • Award for Public Engagement. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 06/2011


My research interests include the ecological roles that canopy-dwelling plants play in forests at multiple spatial and temporal scales and the effects of forest fragmentation on community function. I am invested in the development of database tools for canopy researchers; dissemination of research results to non-scientific audiences; partnering of scientists and artists to enhance conservation of forests. My research is carried out in Washington State and in Monteverde, Costa Rica, and is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Mellon Foundation, and the Whitehall Foundation.

In the Media

  • KUER 90.1 - International Union of Forest Researchers Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress Meeting. 10/08/2014.
  • CNN - The Next List. 11/2012.
  • The Salt Lake Tribune - "U. prof explores the roots of religion in trees". 07/2012.