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NAT Prize, Museum of Natural Sciences in Barcelona, 2021

Union of Concerned Scientists “Inspiring Scientist”

Distinguished Professor of Innovation and Impact, University of Utah, 2018

Osher Fellowship, The Exploratorium, 2018

Arts Summit Fellow, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2018

Wings Worldquest Women of Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award:

The William Julius Wilson Award for the Advancement of Social Justice, Washington State University, 2015

TIME Magazine names Nadkarni’s bringing nature imagery to prisoners in solitary confinement as “One of the Best Inventions of 2014”

Archie F. Carr Medal for Conservation, 2013

Artist in Residency, Columbus College of Art and Design, 2012

University of Utah Woman of Note, 2012

American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Engagement 2011

Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron Foundation’s “Monito del Giardino Prize for Environmental Action, Florence, Italy, 2011

National Science Foundation Board Public Service Award, 2010

Education Award, Washington Correctional Association Conference, 2010

Evergreen State College Faculty Achievement Award, 2010

Playboy Honor Roll (Top 20 most innovative college professors in the USA, Playboy Magazine) 2010

Award for Canopy Ecology, 5th International Canopy Conference, 2009

Distinguished Alumni Award, Univ. of Washington College of Forest Resources, 2008

Grace Hopper Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007

Visiting Scholar, Helen Whiteley Center, University of Washington, 2006, 2007

Robert Hefner Endowed Lecture, Miami University, 2005

Pettigill Endowed Lectureship, University of Michigan, 2005

Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, 2004

Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Miami, 2003-2004

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2001–02

Association for Tropical Biology, President, 2001–02

Board Member, The Nature Conservancy, 1998–200

Stirling Morton Award, The National Arbor Day Foundation, 1997

Alice and Rolla Tryon Endowed Lecture in Tropical Botany, University of South Florida, 1996

Council Member, Association for Tropical Biology, 1994–97

Jane and Whitney Harris Lectureship, International Center for Tropical Ecology, University of Missouri, 1994

Morgan Endowed Lecture in Science, 1992

Jessie B. Cox Chair in Tropical Ecology, Selby Gardens, 1989–91

Margery Stoneman Douglas Endowed Lecture, 1989

University Fellowship, University of Washington, 1979–82

English-Speaking Union Travel Fellowship, 1982

Northwest Science Association Scholarship, 1981