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Born: 13 October 1954; Bethesda, Maryland

Married: 1983, John T. Longino; Children: 1 son,1 daughter

Contact: The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112; phone: (360) 870-6632; [email protected];



B.S., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1976 (with honors); Junior Year Transfer to University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 1974–75

Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, College of Forest Resources, 1983

Fundamentals of Ecology Course, Organization of Tropical Studies, Costa Rica, summer, 1979

Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 1983–84



Honorary Ph.D., Brown University, 2014

Honorary PhD., University of Indianapolis, 2020



Community and ecosystem ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies; the effects of forest fragmentation on biodiversity and community function; scientist-initiated engagement to scientifically unengaged public audiences; partnering of scientists and artists to enhance conservation of forests; science education for the incarcerated.



2015-present: Professor of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

2011- 2014: Director, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

1991-2011: Member of the Faculty, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

1989–91: Director of Research, The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, Florida

1984–89: Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara



Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington, School of Forest Resources

Research Associate, Missouri Botanical Garden

Research Fellow, Brooklyn Fashion +Design Accelerator

Ordained Minister, United Life Church



Ecological Society of America, Vice President for Education and Diversity, 2015-2018

Association for Tropical Biology, President, 2001; Council Member 2000-2001

International Canopy Network, Co-founder and President, 1994–present



The Leonardo Award, for interdisciplinary and creative scholarship, The Leonardo Museum, 2022

Outstanding Achievement Award, Konkani Cultural Convention, 2022

The NAT Award for Natural History and Science Communication,  The Natural Science Museum of Barcelona, 2021

Union of Concerned Scientists “Inspiring Scientist”, 2019

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, 2018

Ecological Society of America Fellow, 2016

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

“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

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, 1998–2001

Stirling Morton Award, The National Arbor Day Foundation, 1997

Council Member, Association for Tropical Biology, 1994–97

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



Paul L. Errington Memorial Lecture, Iowa State University, 2021

New Phytologist Plenary Lecture, Ecological Society of America, 2021

Plenary Topical Lecture, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021

Keynote Lecture, International Conference for the Society for Ecological Restoration, 2021

Lytton J. Musselman Natural History Lecture, Old Dominion University, 2019

Peter Safer Memorial Lecture, Society for Critical Care Medicine, 2016

Robert Hefner Endowed Lecture, Miami University, 2005

Pettigill Endowed Lectureship, University of Michigan, 2005

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

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

Morgan Endowed Lecture in Science, Appalachia College 1992



Member, Advisory Committee, Biology Directorate, National Science Foundation (2010-present)

Member, Committee for Public Understanding of Science and Understanding, AAAS (2007-2010)

Member, Advisory Committee, National Alliance for Broader Impacts, 2017-present)

Member, The Nature Conservancy Board of Trustees, Washington State (1990-2011); Utah (2011-present)

Member, Center for Advancing Informal Science Education Advisory Board (2012-2018)

Member, Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Advisory Board (2013-present)

Member, National Geographic Explorer’s Council (2014-present)

Member, International Union for Forestry Research Organizations, Planning Committee, 2014

Steering Committee Member, National Alliance for Broader Impacts, 2015-present



2021-2023: National Science Foundation: Opportunities to Promote Understanding through Synthesis Program: OPUS: Forest canopy communities as arenas to advance syntheses and understanding of disturbance ecology ($299, 890).

2021-2024: National Science Foundation: Will climate change lead to system shifts on tropical mountains?: the interplay of epiphyte losses on host tree function, microclimate, and hydrology ($336,821).

2019-2021: National Science Foundation:  Innovation and development strategies to scale and sustain training programs to engage “hard-to-reach” publics: The STEM Ambassador Program ($999,207).

2019-2025: Utah State Board of Education and Utah Juvenile Justice Service: The STEM Community Alliance: Bringing Science and Conservation to Youth-in-Custody ($1,220,000)

2016-2020: National Geographic Society: Creating and testing “Nature toolkits” – nature videos, soundscapes, and educational materials for the incarcerated ($100,100)

2016-2020: National Aeronautics and Atmospheric Administration (NASA): Astrobiology lectures for the incarcerated ($70,000)

2016-2019: National Science Foundation:  NSF Includes: Alliance to Strengthen The STEM Tapestry (ASSisT): Exploratory Research on Identity Shifts that will Weave the STEM-Disenfranchised into Science ($299,767).

2016-2020: Utah State Juvenile Justice Service: Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated – Youth Offender Program ($360,000)

2016-2019: National Science Foundation. Innovations in Development for a Transformative Scientist-Driven Public Engagement Model: The STEM Ambassador Program ($1,255,345).

2016-2019: National Science Foundation (with S. Gotsch & T. Dawson). RUI): Dry in the sky?: Ecophysiological Strategies and Drought Tolerance among Tropical Montane Cloud Forest Canopy Epiphytes ($475,561).

2014-2019: Chevron Corporation. Bringing Science and Scientists to Rural Utah Middle Schools with remote technology for interactive exchange: Pilot Activities ($5000).

2014-2019: Northrup Grumman Corporation: Enhancing the Presence of Minority STEM scientists in Public Engagement of Science: A Pilot Project ($3000).

2013-2015: National Geographic Society, Use of Emotiv headsets to document impacts of nature imagery on emotions of nature-deprived individuals: ($50,000).

2010-2014: National Science Foundation, Ecosystems Program, Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research: Transforming public engagement by ecosystem scientists from burden to benefit: The Research Ambassador Program ($249,980).

2008-2009: Toyota/Audubon TogetherGreen Innovation Grant, Dancing for Diversity: Linking modern dance with rainforest conservation ($55,000).

2008-2012: Washington State Department of Corrections, Sustainable Prisons, Sustainable Lives: Green prison reform in three corrections centers ($613,000).

2006-2008: National Science Foundation, Opportunities to Promote Understanding through Synthesis Program: Ecological roles of forest canopy communities in a tropical montane forest: synthesis and dissemination ($103,322).

2004-2007: National Science Foundation, Database Activities Program: Forest Canopy Databases and Database Tools – Branching Out to Ecological Synthesis ($877,456) (with Judy Cushing).

2002-2003: National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program: The Research Ambassador Program: empowering scientists to communicate research to public audiences ($74,955)

2002-2003: National Science Foundation Database Activities Program: Expanding forest canopy databases and database tools – branching out to ecology ($167,784) (with J. Cushing)

2003-2004: National Science Foundation Ecosystem Program (with K. Bawa & W.J. Kress): Travel support for an international conference on tropical ecosystems ($52,310).

2002–04: National Geographic Society Conservation Trust: Ambassadors for conservation:  enhancing scientific outreach to non-scientists. National Geographic Society ($19,990).

2001–02: National Geographic Society Conservation Trust: An exploration of new ways to understand and conserve forest canopy biota. National Geographic Society ($29,900).

2000–01: National Science Foundation Ecosystem Program (with K. Bawa & W.J. Kress): Travel support for an international conference on tropical ecosystems ($52,310).

2001–02: National Science Foundation Ecosystem Program (with K. Bawa & W.J. Kress): Workshops to articulate and disseminate research priorities in tropical biology ($24,090).

1999–2003: National Science Foundation Database Activities Program (with J. Cushing): Databases and database tools for canopy science – what trees can teach us about integrating database use into the research process ($721,181).

1999-2003: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (with J. J. Ewel). Temporal changes in functional differences among life forms and their consequences for ecosystem processes in tropical forests. ($184,000).

1999–2003: National Science Foundation Ecology Program: Effects of disturbance and global climate change on tropical cloud forest canopy communities: an experimental approach ($370,117).

1999–2000: National Science Foundation International Program: The articulation and dissemination of collaborative visions for forest canopy research: an international workshop  ($29,520).

1997: Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science Award: Participation of a high school teacher in the study of canopy moss biology in the Pacific Northwest ($7,000).

1996–98: National Science Foundation Database Activities Program (with J. Cushing): Enhancing researcher and site productivity at shared research facilities: database tools for analyzing forest canopy information ($180,000).

1996–98: National Science Foundation Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology: Long-term studies of canopy communities in Monteverde, Costa Rica ($80,000).

1996–97: National Science Foundation Database Activities Program (with J. Cushing): Database support for shared ecological research sites ($168,000).

1993–95: National Science Foundation Database Activities Program (with G. Parker): The analysis of three-dimensional spatial information of tree and forest canopy structure: a planning grant ($132,873).

1992–94: National Geographic Society Research Grant: Investigation of the floristics and distribution of epiphytes in a neotropical cloud forest ($20,450).

1990–93: National Science Foundation Research Grant Ecosystems Program: The role of epiphytes in cloud-forest nutrient cycles: models and mechanisms ($236,000).

1987–89: National Science Foundation Research Grant Ecology Program: The role of canopy organic matter in cloud forest nutrient cycles ($199,200).

1988–89 and 1989–90: National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant Supplement: Ecological aspects of canopy organic matter in a neotropical cloud forest ($8,000).

1989–90: Institute of Museum Services Conservation Project: Use of model bar code labeling system for plant specimens at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens ($25,000).

1989–90: California Space Institute (with J. Melack): Incorporation of three-dimensional treemapping into forest radar models ($17,500).

1987–91: Whitehall Foundation: Use of computer graphics to portray three-dimensional dynamic biological systems ($89,000).

1985, 1986, 1991: National Geographic Society Research Grant: The ecology of epiphytes in cloud forest ecosystems ($35,400).

1983: Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid: Uptake of nutrients by adventitious canopy roots using radioisotopes ($200).

1981–83: Man and the Biosphere Research Grant (with C. Grier): The role of epiphytes in temperate and tropical rainforest nutrient cycling ($50,000).



Public Engagement grant from UU Athletics Department for the “Sports ‘n Science” program.



Evergreen Faculty Sponsored Research awards: 1996, 1998, 2001 ($3,000 each).

Evergreen Foundation Fund for Innovation Awards: 1999, 2002 ($5,000 each).

Evergreen Provost Fund: Feasibility study for Forest Canopy Walkway Project ($7,600).



Science, Ecology, Forest Ecology and Management, American Journal of Botany, Selbyana, Biotropica, Madroño, Journal of Tropical Ecology, Oecologia, Plant and Soil, Pedobiologia, National Geographic, Ecosystems, Lichenologist, Geoderma, Journal of Vegetation Science, Biological Conservation, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, University of California Press, Cornell University Press, Journal of Insect Conservation, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Journal of Applied Ecology



National Science Foundation (Ecology and Ecosystems Programs, Biotic Surveys and Inventories, Research Initiation at Minority Institutions Program, U.S. Latin America Cooperative Science Program), Organization for Tropical Studies, National Geographic Society Committee on Exploration and Research, Florida State Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Washington State Biodiversity Initiative, National Oceanographic, and Atmospheric Administration, National Geographic Society Conservation Trust



National Science Foundation (Research Experience for Undergraduates Panel, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Panel, Biological Facilities Program, Committee of Visitors, Long-term Ecological Studies Programs); National Research Council Committee on Biodiversity, NSF Biology Directorate.



The University of Minnesota, University of California (Riverside, Santa Cruz, Davis), Wellesley College, California State College, Missouri Botanical Gardens, California Academy of Sciences, University of Florida, Fairchild Tropical Gardens, National Science Foundation Workshop on Tropical Soil Organic Matter, University of Hawaii, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Miami Univ., University of Washington, Appalachian State University, Museum of Science at Boston, Oregon State University, Cary Arboretum Institute for Ecosystems Studies, Brown University, Stanford University, University of Miami,  Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University, Western Washington University, University of Georgia, Auburn University.  University of British Columbia, University of California at Channel Islands, Valencia Community College, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Washington State University (Graduate student choice), Lewis and Clark College, University of North Dakota, Georgia Technical University, Northern Arizona University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Utah, Oregon State University, University of Florida, Colorado State University, Kenyon College, McGill University, Columbus College of Art and Design, California Academy of Sciences, Chicago Botanic Garden, International Society of Arborists, Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, University of Washington, Whitman College, Nassau Community College, Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Brigham Young University, University of Georgia, Swarthmore College, University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University, Society for Critical Care Medicine, University of Virginia, University of Idaho, University of California Davis, Pitzer College, Utah State University, University of Washington, Stanford University, Old Dominion University, Duke University, Baylor College of Medicine, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Virginia Theological Seminary, Poet’s House (NYC), Wartburg Theological Seminary, University of Vermont.



Search Committee for the Dean of the Dental School

Creative Campus Initiative

“Re-imaging” the General Education Curriculum Committee

Arts Alliance at Research Universities, Mellon Foundation

Campus-wide IT Overview

Presidential Task Force for K-12 Science and Math Teacher Preparation

Graduate Student Admissions Committee, Biology Department



Ray Callaway, Ken Hobson, Ken Clark (Univ of California, Santa Barbara)

Patricia Townsend, Stephanie Bohlman, Camila Tejo, Johanna Castillo, (Univ. of Washington)

Sarah Clarke, Evan Johnson, Amber Neilson, Scott Hollis, Adrian Wolf, Dennis Aubrey (Evergreen State College)

Joanna Varner, Jacob Chalmers, Autumn Amici (Univ. of Utah)



Dr. Eric Vance; Dr. Anne McIntosh; Dr. Stephen Yanoviak, Dr. Kimberly Sheldon



Gressitt, J. L. and N. M. Nadkarni. 1979. The ecology of Mt. Kaindi: Montane forest ecology of Papua New Guinea. Wau Ecology Handbook No. 5.

Bledsoe, C. S., N. M. Nadkarni, W. Littke, and R. Edmonds. 1981. Use of cellulose filters for infection of the mycorrhizal fungus Hebeloma crustuliniforme in Douglas-fir seedlings. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 112: 45-47.

Nadkarni, N. M.1981. Canopy roots: convergent evolution in rainforest nutrient cycles. Science 213: 1024-25 (with cover photograph)..

Nadkarni, N. M. 1984. Epiphyte biomass and nutrient capital of a neotropical elfin forest. Biotropica 16:249-256.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1984. Biomass and mineral capital of epiphytes in an Acer macrophyllum community of a temperate moist coniferous forest, Olympic Peninsula, Washington State. Canadian Journal of Botany 62:2223-2228.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1985. Canopy plants of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Spanish and English version). Tropical Science Center information pamphlet.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1986a. The nutritional effects of epiphytes on host trees with special reference to alteration of precipitation chemistry. Selbyana 9:44-51.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1986b. An ecological overview and checklist of epiphytes in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Brenesia 24:55-62.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1988. Tropical ecology from a canopy perspective. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences. 12:189-208.

Fonteyn, P., M. Stone, M. Yancy, J. Baccus, and N. M. Nadkarni. 1988. Determination of community structure by fire. In Edwards Plateau Vegetation: Plant ecological studies in central Texas, edited by B. Amos and F. Gehlbach. Baylor University Press.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1988. Use of a portable platform for observation of animal behavior in tropical tree canopies. Biotropica 20:350-51.

Nadkarni, N. M., and R. Primack. 1989. A comparison of mineral uptake by above- and below-ground roots of Salix syringiana using gamma spectrometry. Plant and Soil 113:39-45.

Grier, C., K. Lee, N. M. Nadkarni, G. Klock, and P. Edgerton. 1989. Productivity of forests of the United States and its relation to soil and site factors and management practices: a review. General Technical Report PNW-GTR-222, Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Nadkarni, N. M., and T. Matelson. 1989. Bird use of epiphyte resources in neotropical trees. The Condor 69:891-907.

Nadkarni, N. M., and R. Primack. 1989. The use of gamma spectrometry to measure within- plant nutrient allocation of a tank bromeliad, Guzmania lingulata. Selbyana 11:22-25.

Vance, E., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1990. Microbial biomass and activity in canopy organic matter and the forest floor of a tropical cloud forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 22:677-684.

Nadkarni, N. M., and J. Longino. 1990. Macroinvertebrate communities in canopy and forest floor organic matter in a montane cloud forest, Costa Rica. Biotropica 22:286-89.

Callaway, R., N. M. Nadkarni, and B. Mahall. 1990. Blue oaks and pasture productivity: is there a relationship? Fremontia 37: 42-43.

Longino, J., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1990. A comparison of ground and canopy leaf litter ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae) in a neotropical montane forest. Psyche 97:81-94.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1991. Review of Vascular Epiphytes, by D. Benzing. J. Bromeliad Society 41:263.

Callaway, R., N. M. Nadkarni, and B. Mahall. 1991. Facilitation and interference of Quercus douglasii on understory production in central California. Ecology 72:1484-89.

Nadkarni, N. M., and T. Matelson. 1991. Litter dynamics within the canopy of a neotropical cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Ecology 72:2071-82.

Clark, K. C., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1991. A bar code plant inventory system. The Public Garden 6:32-34.

Callaway, R., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1991. Seasonal patterns of nutrient deposition in a Quercus douglasii woodland in central California. Plant and Soil 137:209-22.

Nadkarni, N. M., and T. Matelson. 1992. Biomass and nutrient dynamics of epiphyte litterfall in a neotropical cloud forest, Costa Rica. Biotropica 24:24-30..

Vance, E., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1992. Root biomass distribution in a moist tropical montane forest. Plant and Soil 142: 31-39.

Nadkarni, N. M., and T. Matelson. 1992. Biomass and nutrient dynamics of fine litter of terrestrially rooted material in a neotropical montane forest, Costa Rica. Biotropica 24:113-120.

Nadkarni, N. M., and K. Ferrell-Ingram. 1992. A bibliography of biological literature on epiphytes: an update. Selbyana 13:3-24.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1992. The conservation of epiphytes and their habitats: summary of a discussion at the international Symposium on The Biology and Conservation of Epiphytes. Selbyana 13:140-142.

Matelson, T. J., N. M. Nadkarni, and J. T. Longino. 1993. Survivorship of fallen epiphytes in a neotropical cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Ecology 74:265-269.

Maffia, B., N. M. Nadkarni, and D. P. Janos. 1993. Vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae of epiphytic and terrestrial Piperaceae under field and greenhouse conditions. Mycorrhiza 4:5-11.

Ingram, S., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1993. Composition and distribution of epiphytic organic matter in a neotropical cloud forest, Costa Rica. Biotropica 25:370-383.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1994. Diversity of species and interactions in the upper tree canopy of forest ecosystems. American Zoologist 34:321-330.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1994. Factors affecting the initiation and elongation of above-ground adventitious roots in a tropical cloud forest tree: an experimental approach. Oecologia 100:94-97.

Nadkarni, N. M., and G. G. Parker. 1994. A profile of forest canopy science and scientists — who we are, what we want to know, and obstacles we face: results of an international survey. Selbyana 15:38-50.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1995. Good-bye, Tarzan: the science of life in the treetops gets down to business. The Sciences 35:28-33.

Bohlman, S. T. Matelson, and N. M. Nadkarni. 1995. Moisture and temperature patterns of canopy humus and forest floor soils of a montane cloud forest, Costa Rica. Biotropica 27:13-19.

Matelson, T. J., N. M. Nadkarni, and R. Solano. 1995. Tree damage and annual mortality in a montane forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Biotropica 27:441-47.

Nadkarni, N. M., T. Matelson, and W. Haber. 1995. Structural characteristics and floristic composition of a neotropical cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 11:481-95.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1996. Review of: Tropical Forests: Management and Ecology. In Forest Science, edited by A. Lugo and C. Lowe, 42:252-53.

Nadkarni, N. M., G. G. Parker, E. D. Ford, J. B. Cushing, and C. Stallman. 1996. The International Canopy Network: a pathway for interdisciplinary exchange of scientific information on forest canopies. Northwest Science: 70:104-08.

Ingram, S. W., K. Ferrell-Ingram, and N. M. Nadkarni. 1996. Floristic composition of vascular epiphytes in a neotropical cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Selbyana 17:88-103.

Clark, K. L., N. M. Nadkarni, D. Schaefer, and H. L. Gholz. 1998a. Cloud water and precipitation chemistry in a tropical montane forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Atmospheric Environment 32:1595-1603.

Clark, K. L., N. M. Nadkarni, D. Schaefer, and H. L. Gholz. 1998b. Atmospheric deposition and net retention of ions by the canopy in a tropical montane forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Journal of Tropical Ecology 14:27-45.

Clark, K. L., N. M. Nadkarni, and H. L. Gholz. 1998c. Growth, net production, litter decomposition, and net nitrogen accumulation by epiphytic bryophytes in a tropical montane forest. Biotropica 30:12-23.

Ghosal, S., A.V. Muruganandam, S. Chauhan, K. Kawanishi, K. Saiki, and N. M. Nadkarni. 1999. Crown humus: Part I – The chemistry of the canopy organic matter of rain forests in Costa Rica. Indian Journal of Chemistry. Section-B, Organic including Medicinal. 38: 67-75.

Nadkarni, N. M. 1999. Bridging gaps between science and society. Giant Screen Theater Association Conference. Proceedings of a Symposium in Giant Screen Films and Lifelong Learning, 28-32.

Nadkarni, N. M., A. R. Cobb, and R. Solano. 2000. Interception and retention of macroscopic bryophyte fragments by branch substrates in a tropical cloud forest: an experimental and demographic approach. Oecologia 122:60-65.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2000. Colonization of stripped branch surfaces by epiphytes in a lower montane cloud forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Biotropica 32:358-363.

Lyons, B., N. M. Nadkarni, and M. P. North. 2000. Spatial distribution and succession of epiphytes on Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) in an old-growth Douglas-fir forest. Canadian Journal of Botany 78:957-68.

Nadkarni, N. M., M. C. Merwin, and J. Nieder. 2001. Forest canopies: plant diversity. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, edited by S. Levin, 27-40. Academic Press, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Cobb, A. R., N. M. Nadkarni, G. A. Ramsey, and A. J. Svoboda. 2001. Recolonization of Bigleaf Maple branches by epiphytic bryophytes following experimental disturbance. Canadian Journal of Botany 79:1-8.

Nadkarni, N. M., and J. B. Cushing. 2001. Lasers in the jungle: the canopy database project. Ecological Bulletin 82:200-01.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2001. Enhancement of forest canopy research, education, and conservation in the new millennium. Plant Ecology 153:361-67.

Merwin, M., S. R. Gradstein, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2001. Epiphytic bryophytes of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Tropical Bryology 20:63-70.

Gradstein, S. R., D. Griffin III, M. I. Morales, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2001. Diversity and habitat differentiation of mosses and liverworts in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica. Caldasia 23:203-12.

Merwin, M. C. and N. M. Nadkarni. 2001. 100 years of tropical bryophyte and lichen ecology: a bibliographic guide to the literature from 1901–2000. Tropical Bryology 21:97-118.

Nadkarni, N. M., D. A. Schaefer, T. J. Matelson, and R. Solano. 2002. Comparison of arboreal and terrestrial soil characteristics in a lower montane forest, Monteverde, Costa Rica. Pedobiologia 46:24-33.

Chandra, A., and N. M. Nadkarni. 2002. Four realizations of forest canopy retranslocation data. Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Auditory Display, Kyoto, Japan, July 2–5, 2002.

Nadkarni, N. M. Trees and spirituality: an exploration. Northwest Dharma News 15:10-13.

Nadkarni, N. M. and R. Solano. 2002. Potential effects of climate change on canopy communities in a tropical cloud forest: an experimental approach. Oecologia 131:580-84.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2002. In the treetops: life in the rainforest canopy. World Book Science Year Book 2003:54-67.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2002. When preaching to the choir isn’t preaching to the choir: churches, trees, and environmental perspectives. Environmental Practitioner 4:188-190.

Hietz, P., Wanek, W., Wania, R., and N. M. Nadkarni. 2002. 15N natural abundance in a montane cloud forest canopy as an indicator of nitrogen cycling and epiphyte nutrition. Oecologia. 131: 350-355.

Merwin, M., S. Rentmeester, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2003. The influence of host tree species on the distribution of epiphytic bromeliads in experimental monospecific plantations, La Selva, Costa Rica. Biotropica 35:37-47.

Yanoviak, S. P., N. M. Nadkarni, and J. Gering. 2003. Arthropods in epiphytes: a diversity component not effectively sampled by canopy fogging. Biodiversity and Conservation 12:731-741.

Gradstein, S. R., N. M. Nadkarni, T. Kromer, I. Holz, & N. Norse. 2003. A protocol for rapid and representative sampling of vascular and non-vascular epiphyte diversity of tropical rain forests. Selbyana 24:105-111.

Cushing, J. B., B. Bond, R. Dial, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2003. How trees and forests inform biodiversity and ecosystem informatics. Computing in Science and Engineering 5:32-43. Rains, K. C., N. M. Nadkarni, and C. S. Bledsoe. 2003. Epiphytic and terrestrial mycorrhizas in a neotropical cloud forest, Costa Rica. Mycorrhiza 13:257-264.

Reich, A., J. J. Ewel, N. M. Nadkarni, T. Dawson, and R. D. Evans. 2003. Nitrogen isotope ratios shift with plant size in tropical bromeliads. Oecologia 137:587-590.

Yanoviak, S. P., G. Kragh, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2003. Spider assemblages in Costa Rican cloud forests: effects of forest level and forest age. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 38:145-154.

Yanoviak, S. P., H. A. Walker, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2004. Arthropod assemblages in vegetative vs. humic portions of epiphyte mats in a neotropical cloud forest. Pedobiologia 48:51-58.

Nadkarni, N. 2004. Not preaching to the choir: communicating the importance of forest conservation to nontraditional audiences. Conservation Biology 18:602-606.

Bawa, K.S., W. J. Kress, N. M. Nadkarni, S. Lele, P. H. Raven, D. H. Janzen, A.E. Lugo, P.S. Ashton, & T.E. Lovejoy. 2004. Tropical ecosystems into the 21st century. Science 306:227-228.

Nadkarni, N. M. and M. Sumera. 2004. Old-growth forest canopy structure and its relationship to throughfall interception. Forest Science 50:290-298.

Van Pelt, R. and N. M. Nadkarni. 2004. Horizontal and vertical distribution of canopy structural elements of Pseudotsuga menziesii forests in the Pacific Northwest. Forest Science 50:326-341.

Van Pelt, R., S.C. Sillett, and N.M. Nadkarni. 2004. Quantifying and visualizing canopy structure in tall forests: methods and a case study. Pages 49–72 in Lowman, M. and B. Rinker, eds. Forest Canopies, 2nd edition. Elsevier, Boston, MA.

Nadkarni, N. M., D. A. Schaefer, T. J. Matelson, and R. Solano. 2004. Biomass and nutrient pools of canopy and terrestrial components in a primary and a secondary montane cloud forest, Costa Rica. Forest Ecology and Management 198:223-236.

Schonberg, L., J. T. Longino, N. M. Nadkarni, S. P. Yanoviak, and J. Gering. 2004. Arboreal ant species richness in primary forest, secondary forest, and pasture habitats of a tropical montane landscape. Biotropica 36:402–409.

Fischer, A., and N. M. Nadkarni. 2005. Moss conservation behind bars: prison inmates help researchers cultivate threatened mosses. Conservation in Practice 6:35-36.

Clark, K.C., N. M. Nadkarni, and H. L. Gholz. 2005. Retention of inorganic nitrogen by epiphytic bryophytes in a tropical montane forest. Biotropica 37: 328-336.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2006. The moss-in-prison project: disseminating science beyond academia. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4:442-443.

Yanoviak, S.P., N. M. Nadkarni, and R. Solano. 2006. Arthropod assemblages in epiphyte mats of Costa Rican cloud forests. Biotropica 36: 202–210.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2007. Ecological outreach to faith-based communities. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5: 332-333.

Cushing, J.B., N.M. Nadkarni, M. Finch, A.C.S. Fiala, E. Murphy-Hill, L. Delcambre, and D. Maier. 2007. Component-based end-user database design for ecologists. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. 29: 7-24.

McIntosh, A.C.S., Cushing, J.B., Nadkarni, N.M., and Zeman, L. 2007. Database design for ecologists: composing core entities with observations. Ecological Informatics 2:224–236.

Hopkin, M. 2007. Dance of the forest. Nature 450:172.

Nadkarni, N. M., A.C.S. McIntosh, and J. B. Cushing. 2008. A conceptual framework to categorize perceptions and understanding of forest structure. Forest Ecology and Management 256: 872–882.

Ulrich. C. and N. M. Nadkarni. 2009. Sustainability research in enforced residential institutions: collaborations of ecologists and prisoners. Environment, Development, and Sustainability 11:815.-825.

Wolf, J. H. D., S. R. Gradstein, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2009. A protocol for sampling vascular epiphyte richness and abundance. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25:107-121.

Nadkarni, N. M., and W. A. Haber. 2009. Canopy seed banks as ‘time capsules’ of biodiversity in pasture remnant tree crowns. Conservation Biology 23:1117-1126 (with cover photograph by J. Longino).

Rousk, J. and N. M. Nadkarni. 2009. Growth measurements of saprotrophic fungi and bacteria reveal differences between canopy and forest floor soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry.41:862-865.

Kennedy, P. J. L. Schouboe, R. H. Rogers, M. G. Weber, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2009. Frankia and Alnus rubra canopy roots: an assessment of genetic diversity, propagule availability, and effects on soil nitrogen. Microbial Ecology. DOI 10.1007/s00248-009-9587-8.

Osmond, D., N. Nadkarni, C. T. Driscoll, E. Andrews, A. J. Gold, S. Broussard Allred, A. Berkowitz, T. Loecke, M. McGarry, K. Schwarz, M. Washington, and P. M. Groffman. 2010. The role of interface organizations in science communication and understanding. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8:306-313.

Nadkarni, N. 2011. A tapestry of green and brown. In: The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World Paperback, A. Deming and L. Savoy, eds. Milkweed Press.

Dial, R.J., Nadkarni, N.M. & Jewell, C.D. 2011. Canopy structure in a 650-year Douglas-fir chronosequence in western Washington: distribution of canopy elements and open space. Forest Science, 57, 309–319.

Nadkarni, M., G. G. Parker, and M. D. Lowman. 2011. Forest canopy studies as an emerging field of science. Forest Science. 68:217–224.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2012. The future we want. Essay for the RIO+20 website for the United Nations.

Stasch, A., C. LeRoy, K. Bush, N. Nadkarni, and D. Pacholke. 2012. Interpreting in prisons: the sustainability in prisons project. Legacy. June/July 2012. 12-20.

Liang Song, Wen-Yao Liu, and N. Nadkarni. 2012. Response of non-vascular epiphytes to simulated climate change in a montane moist evergreen broad-leaved forest in southwest China. Biological Conservation 152:127–135.

Nadkarni, N. M. and A. Stasch. 2013. How broad are our broader Impacts? Analysis of the National Science Foundation’s Ecosystems Program and the Broader Impacts requirement. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 11:13–19. doi:10.1890/110106

Aubrey, D.A., N. M. Nadkarni, and C. P. Broderick. 2013. Patterns of moisture and temperature in canopy and terrestrial soils in a temperate rainforest, Washington. Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany) 91: 739-744.

Sheldon, K., and N. Nadkarni. 2013. Spatial and temporal variation of seed rain in the canopy and on the ground of a tropical cloud forest. Biotropica 45:549–556.

Sheldon, K. and N. Nadkarni. 2013. The use of pasture trees by birds in a tropical montane landscape in Monteverde, Costa Rica. 2013. Journal of Tropical Ecology 29:459–462.

Tejo Haristoy, C., D. Zabowski, and N. Nadkarni. 2014. Physical and chemical characteristics of canopy soils of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) in the Queets River Watershed, Washington State. Soil Science Society of America 78: S118-S124.

Nadkarni, N. 2014. Into the light: bringing science education to the incarcerated. Dimensions, Association for Science and Technology Centers. September/October 2014.

Nadkarni, N. 2015. Not Such Strange Bedfellows: Underserved Public Audiences as Collaborators for Ecologists. pp. 333-347 in: R. Rozzi et al. (eds.), Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World: Values, 333 Philosophy, and Action, Ecology and Ethics 1, Springer Science Business Media Dordrecht.

Tejo Haristoy, C., D. Zabowski, and N. Nadkarni. 2015. Total and epiphyte litter under the canopy of Acer macrophyllum stands in an old-growth temperate rainforest, Washington State, USA. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45:1654-1661.

Gotsch, S., N. Nadkarni, A. Darby, M. Dix, A. Glunk, and T. Dawson. 2015. Life in the treetops: ecophysiological strategies of canopy epiphytes in a tropical montane cloud forest. Ecological Monographs 85:393–412.

Chalmers, J., K. Mock, K. Kohl, and N. Nadkarni. 2015. Clonality and dynamics of leaf abscission of Gambel Oaks at small spatial scales in Utah. Forest Science 61:829-833.

Sheldon, K.S. and N.M. Nadkarni. 2015. Reproductive phenology of epiphytes in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Revista de Biología Tropical 63: 1119-1126.

Gotsch, S.G., N. M. Nadkarni, and A. Amici. 2016. The functional roles of epiphytes and arboreal soils in tropical montane cloud forests. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 1-14.

Gotsch, S. N. Nadkarni, A. Darby, A. Glunk, M. Dix, Davidson, and Todd Dawson. 2017. Life in the treetops: ecophysiological strategies of canopy epiphytes in a tropical montane cloud forest. Ecological Monographs 83:393-412.

Nadkarni, N., L. Schnacker, P. Hasbach, T. Thys, and E. Gaines. 2017. From orange to blue: how nature imagery affects inmates in the “Blue Room”. Corrections Today 79:36-41.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2017. Fallen: A transdisciplinary tale of disturbance and recovery. Critical Care Medicine 45:348-355.

Nadkarni, N., P. Hasbach, T. Thys, E. Gaines, and L. Schnacker. 2017. Impacts of nature imagery on people in severely nature-deprived environments. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.15:395-403.

Dangerfield, C., N. M. Nadkarni, and W. Brazelton. 2017. Canopy soil bacterial communities altered by severing host tree limbs. PeerJ. DOI 10.7717/peerj.3773.

Nadkarni, N. M. and J. Morris. 2018. Informal science education for a novel public audience: Baseline attitudes and impacts of science lectures on content knowledge and values of science among incarcerated populations. Science Communications 40:718-748.

Nadkarni, N. M., and K. Kohl. 2019. Elements of disturbance that affect epiphyte vitality in a temperate rainforest: an experimental approach. Journal of Plant Ecology 12:306-313.

Nadkarni, N. M., C. Q. Weber, S. V. Goldman, D. L. Schatz, S. Allen, and R. Menlove. 2019. Beyond the deficit model: the Ambassador Approach to public engagement. BioScience 69:305–313.

Amici, A., N. Nadkarni, J. Seger, and E. DiBlasi. Contrasting effects of host tree isolation on population connectedness in two tropical epiphytic bromeliads. 2019. American Journal of Botany. 106a; 1602-1611. Doi: 10.1002/ajb2.1391.

Amici, A., N. Nadkarni, C. Williams, and S. Gotsch. Differences in epiphyte biomass and community composition along landscape and within-crown spatial scales. Biotropica 10.1111/btp.12725.

Jian-Wei Liu; Shau-Fu Li; Chin-Ting Wu; Iván A. Valdespino; Ho-Ming Chang; Te-Yu Guu; Mei-Fang Kao; Clive Chesson; Sauren Das; Hank Oppenheimer; Ane Bakutis; Peter Saenger; Noris Salazar Allen; Jean W. H. Yong; Bayu Adjie; Ruth Kiew; Nalini Nadkarni; Chun-Lin Huang; Peter Chesson; Chiou-Rong Sheue, Ph. D.; Jia-Fang Ho; Yeh-Hua Wu. Gigantic chloroplasts, including bizonoplasts, are common in shade-adapted species of the ancient vascular plant family Selaginellaceae. American Journal of Botany 107:1–15.

Nadkarni, N. 2020. Faith and science as partners in environmental awareness and Creation Care: An ecologist’s view. Currents in Theology and Mission 47:41-48.

Horns, J. J., N. Nadkarni, and A. Anholt. 2020. How repeated exposure to informal science education affects content knowledge of and perspectives on science among incarcerated adults. PLoS ONE 15(5): e0233083. 10.1371/journal.pone.0233083

Nadkarni, N. M., J. S. Morris, J. R. Trivett, K. Bush, B. T. Davey, H. B. Davis, A. Anholt, and D. Scalice. 2020. Impacts of astrobiology lectures on knowledge and attitudes about science in incarcerated populations. Astrobiology 20:1262–1271.

Nadkarni. N.M., T. Thys, J. Ruff, A. Anholt, J. Trevino, and S. Yeo. 2021. Providing virtual nature experiences to incarcerated men reduces stress and increases Interest in the environment. Ecopsychology 13:71-83.

Williams, C., J. Murray, A. Glunk, T. Dawson, N. Nadkarni, and S. Gotsch. 2020. Vascular epiphytes show low physiological resistance and high recovery capacity to episodic, short‐term drought in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Functional Ecology 34:1537-1550.

Amici. A., N. M. Nadkarni, N., Lackey, and K. Bricker. 2021. Conservation, education, and adventure tourism: A case study of adventure parks as potential venues for communication in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Journal of Ecotourism. DOI: 10.1080/14724049.2021.1933503

Weber, C.Q., S. Allen, and N. M. Nadkarni. Scaling training to support scientists to engage with the public in non-traditional venues. Journal of Science Communication 20(4):

Thys, T., J. Trevino, and N. M. Nadkarni. 2021. Perceptual-acoustic comparisons of natural sonic environments: applications for nature-deprived populations. Ecopsychology 13:151-164.

Peterman, K., S. Garlick, J. Besley, S. Allen, K. Lambert, N. Nadkarni, M. Rosin, C. Weber, M. Weiss, and J. Wong. 2021. Boundary spanners and thinking partners: adapting and expanding the research-practice partnership literature for public engagement with science (PES). Journal of Science Communication 20(7) .DOI:

Davis, C., C. Weber, and N. M. Nadkarni. In Press. Prevalence of discourse on public engagement with science in ecology literature. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Weber, C. and N. Nadkarni. In press. Drawing on a scientist’s “impact identity” for Broader Impacts. In: Van Egeren, L. A., & Renoe, S. (Eds). (in press). Handbook of broader impacts. MSU Press, East Lansing, MI.

Nadkarni, N. M., J. J. Horns, J. Chen, J. Morris, D. Scalice, J. Trivett, K. Bush, A. Anholt. 2022. Reversing the lens on public engagement with science: positive benefits for participating scientists. BioScience biac003,

Williams, C., S. Gotsch, R. Bicaba, R. Cruz-de Hoyos, A., Darby, K. Davidson, M. Dix, V. Duarte, A. Glunk, L. Green, B. Ferguson, K. Munoz-Elizondo, J. Murray, I. Picado-Fallas, R. Naesbog, T. Dawson, and N. Nadkarni. 2022. Trade-offs between succulent and non-succulent epiphytes underlie variation in drought tolerance and avoidance. Oecologia 198:645–661.

Ferguson, B., S. Gotsch; C. Williams, H. Wilson; C. Barnes; T. Dawson; and N. Nadkarni. 2022. Variation in cloud immersion, not precipitation, drives vascular epiphyte leaf trait plasticity and water relations during an extreme drought. American Journal of Botany 109:550-563.

Nadkarni, N., J. Chen, J. Morris, A. Carriero, T. Kaye, M. Young, L. George, and K. Bush. 2022. Impacts of conservation activities on the incarcerated: a case study based on qualitative and quantitative analyses. Ecology and Society. In Press.

Davis, C., C. Weber, and N. Nadkarni. 2022. Prevalence of discourse on public engagement with science in ecology literature. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment doi:10.1002/fee.2535

Meissen H, Gong MN, Wong AI, Zimmerman JJ, Nadkarni N, Kane-Gil SL, Amador-Castaneda J, Bailey H, Brown SM, DePriest AD, Mary Eche I, Narayan M, Provencio JJ, Sederstrom NO, Sevransky J, Tremper J, Aslakson RA. 2022. The future of critical care: optimizing technologies and a learning healthcare system to potentiate a more humanistic approach to critical care. Crit Care Explor. 2022 Mar 15;4(3):e0659. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000659. PMID: 35308462; PMCID: PMC8926065.



Lowman, M. L., and N. M. Nadkarni. 1995. Forest canopies. Academic Press, San Diego, California, U.S.A.

Nadkarni, N. M., and N. T. Wheelwright. 2000. Monteverde: the ecology and conservation of a tropical cloud forest. Oxford University Press, New York, New York.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2008. Between Earth and sky: our intimate connections with trees. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Nadkarni, N. M. 2011. (translation into Italian). Tra la Terra e il Cielo. La vita segreta degli alberi. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.


Williams, J.  2004.   Exploring the rainforest treetops with a scientist. Enslow Publishers, Berkley Heights, New Jersey

Sneed Collard III. 2006. In the rainforest canopy. Marshall Cavendish. Tarrytown, New York.

Johnson, J. and N. Nadkarni.   2006. Kingfisher Voyages. Kingfisher. Boston, Massachusetts. [An NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 selection by the National Science Teacher Association].

Williams, J. 2008. Explorando la Selva Tropical Con una Cientifica/Exploring The Rain Forest With A Scientist. Spanish and English versions. Enslow, New Jersey.


BOOK READINGS (for Between Earth and Sky, October 2008-April, 2009):

Seattle Town Hall, University of Washington Bookstore, Seattle, Washington

Powell’s Books, Portland Oregon

Village Books, Bellingham, Washington

Orca Books, Olympia, Washington

Bloedel Reserve Botanical Garden, Bainbridge Island

The King’s English Books, Salt Lake City



Society for Critical Care Medicine, Opening Plenary, Honolulu, HI, 2017

Ecological Society of America, Symposium on collaborations between ecologists and artists, August 2007, San Jose, CA

Ecological Society of America, Symposium on ecologists’ outreach to non-traditional public outreach, August 2008, Milwaukee, WI

Ecological Society of America, Workshop on public outreach by scientist, Pittsburgh, PA

Informal Science Education Principal Investigators’ Conference, Washington, DC, July 2008

Public Understanding of Science and Technology, Malmo, Sweden, July 2008

International Union for the Conservation of Nature, “Beyond Jargon” – science outreach panel, November 2008, Barcelona, Spain

International Soil Ecology Conference, Wageningen, The Netherlands, October 2007

Cary Conference, Institute for Ecosystems Studies, New York, May, 2009

5th International Canopy Conference, Bangalore, India, October 2009.

Ecological Society of America, August 2010, 2011, 2012.

International Society of Arborists, 2012

New England Grows, Boston, 2014

Environmental Humanities for the 21st Century, Arizona State University, 2014

Monteverde-Arenal Conservation for the Bioregion, Costa Rica, 2014

Ecological Society of America, August 2015, Portland, Oregon

National Alliance for Broader Impacts, Skamania, WA 2015, 2018, 2019

Ecological Society of America, August 2016, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ecological Society of America, August 2017, Portland, OR

Ecological Society of America, August 2020, Salt Lake City, UT



Nadkarni, N. 2017. Branching out. pp 22-40 in: Nature Love Medicine: essays on wildness and wellness. ed. T. Fleishner. Torrey Press.

Nadkarni, N. 2011. A tapestry of browns and greens, in The colors of nature: culture, identity, and the natural world, A. Deming and L. Savoy, eds. pp. 249-260. Milkweed Edition.

Nadkarni, N. 2010. Green I love you green. in Poetry July-August, pp. 343-345.

Nadkarni N. 2017. Green I love you green. in: Who Reads Poetry? Fred Sasaki and Don Share, eds. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, IL

Nadkarni, N. 2007. Portrait of the artist as a young sapling: trees as artists and mobile entities. Science Creative Quarterly. Issue 3.

Nadkarni, N. and F. Gander. 2019. Between Earth and Sky: Our Intimate Connections with Trees. Poetry-Science Reading. Poet’s House, New York City.



Earth Day, University of Vermont, Keynote, 2020

University of Indianapolis, Graduation speech

National Science Teachers Association, Keynote, Seattle, WA 2019

National Science Teachers Association, Keynote, Detroit, MI, 2018

National Geographic Live! Washington, D.C. 2017

National Geographic Live! Olympia, Washington, 2016

Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York, 2016

Brown University Baccalaureate Speech, 2014

TED Conference, Long Beach, CA, February 2009, 2010

Audubon Society of Washington keynote speaker, July 2007

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, keynote speaker, March 2007

Jefferson Center Conference, keynote speaker, August 2007

New York City Celebration of Education, keynote speaker, January 2007

NGS Live! Washington DC, April 2009; November 2014

Keynote talk, International Society of Arboriculture meeting, Chicago, 2010

Arthur Whiteley Lecture, San Juan Island, 2010

School of Athens Lecture, Port Townsend, 2010

Conference for Research in Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, keynote speaker, 2010

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

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

Morgan Endowed Lecture in Science, Appalachian State College, 1992.

Margery Stoneman Douglas Endowed Lecture, University of South Florida, 1989.

Live..from National Geographic, Seattle Lecture Series 2000, 2017; 2019

Celebrations for Teaching and Learning, WNET Thirteen 2007.



Articles concerning research in adult popular magazines:

Boston Globe (1987), National Geographic (December 1991 and January 1996); Glamour (1990); Audubon (September 1998); Brown Alumni Monthly (July 1995), New York Times (1992, 1994), The Evergreen Review (1996), Natural History (February 1985), Pacific Magazine, The Seattle Times (October 1995, January, 2000), New York Times, International Herald Tribune (September 2003), The Olympian (2004-26); The New York Times (2004, 2005); Discover 2006, American Forester, 2007.

Articles concerning research for children’s magazines:

Highlights for Children (October 1992); Ranger Rick (December 1995); Boy’s Life (April 1998); Dragonfly (April 1996); Scholastic News for Kids (April 2002), Scholastic Scope for Teens (March 2002).

Radio programs:

Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, 2019

ShortWave, 2019

Science Friday, 2018

To the Best of our Knowledge, 2017

RadioLab, 2013, 2015, 2022

Between Earth and Sky (book discussion), KUER, 2016

Earth and Sky Science Reports, Canadian Public Broadcasting (1998); KAOS interview (2002); NPR Morning Edition, 2005, 2006, 2007; WBEZ/NPR, 2010.

Internet communication:

Online “live chat” on Scholastic Discovery Online (1997); Grist online magazine journal (2001;

Television programs:

The Infinite Voyage, WQED (1988); The Second Voyage of the Mimi, Bank Street College of Education (1989); Good Morning, America (1992); Oregon Coast Guide (1994); Bill Nye the Science Guy, PBS (1997); Living in Tall Trees, TV Asahi (1997); Anyplace Wild, (1998); NBC Dateline (1999); National Geographic Today (2003); Dragonfly TV for Kids (2003);  Wild Chronicles 2006, KCTS Connects, 2008, 2010; CNN’s The Next List, 2012, MSNBC, 2015


Tropical Rainforests — IMAX movie produced by the Minnesota Museum of Science (1992); Heroes of the High Frontier (National Geographic Society Television Special, 1999; Emmy Award for Best Documentary Film, 2000).

Women’s Leadership Activities

Women in Science as Authors, Marriott Library display, University of Utah, 2019

“Noisy Women” podcast, 2018

NPR “Source of the Week” – providing diverse voices to media outlets

University of Washington Women Evolving Biological Sciences (WEBS), Workshops 2009, 2010

Utah’s “Women to Watch”, 2013

University of Utah Women in Science panel, 2013

Women’s Leadership Summit, presented, 2015

Featured Professor for Women Scientists for Women’s History Month

Women in Science Panel, College of Science, University of Utah, 2012

WEBS 2007, 2008: Mentoring faculty for ADVANCE-sponsored mentoring workshop for junior women faculty, Pack Forest, University of Washington

ADVANCE Women’s Luncheon Discussion, April 2009

Expanding Your Horizons (mentoring 6th-grade girls in science careers), keynote speaker, February 2007

Interdisciplinary Symposia:

Canopy Confluence: Integrating Ecology with Environmental and Social Justice, Swarthmore College, 2015

Transdisciplinary Colloquium on Disturbance, Recovery, and Relict Structures, University of Utah, 2014-2015

Art-Science Chautauqua on trees and forests, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, 8 April–3 May, 2003.

Exploring connections between art and science to study natural history: a symposium, International Canopy Network and Monteverde Studios, Monteverde, Costa Rica, May 6–9, 2002.

Eco-agro-urban visions: new structures integrating architecture and nature, University of Hawaii and the International Canopy Network, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4–6 March, 1999.

Developing the forest canopy researcher’s workbench: computer tools for the 21st Century. An NSF-sponsored workshop for computer scientists and canopy researchers, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington, March 15­–18, 1995.




TELEVISION Heroes of the High Frontier, National Geographic Society 2000
CNN: The Next List 2011
Bill Nye the Science Guy 1997
TreeStory 2016
Wild Chronicles National Geographic 2008
The Second Voyage of the Mimi 1989
Dragonfly TV for Kids 2003
SHORT FILMS Climbing a Tree, KUER VideoWest 2014
Fallen, KUER VideoWest 2018
RADIO NPR Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me 2019
NPR ShortWave 2019
NPR RadioLab 2022
NPR To the Best of Our Knowledge 2015
NPR The Promised Land 2010
Science Friday 2018
All Things Considered 2019
TEDx Salt Lake City 2015
KUER (NPR for Utah) RadioWest 2015
For the Wild 2020
PUBLIC TALKS TED Conference: Conserving the Canopy 2009
TED Conference: Life Science in Prison 2010
National Geographic Live! Olympia, WA 2015
National Geographic Live! Washington, D.C. 2013
National Geographic Live! Washington DC 2015
Center for Creative Conservation, Seattle, WA 2017
Society for Critical Care Medicine Keynote 2017
Bioneers 2013
AWARDS Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Lifetime Achievement Award      2018
William Julius Wilson Award for Achievement in Social Justice 2015
National Science Foundation Public Service Award 2010
Archie Carr Medal for Conservation 2013
Brown University Honorary PhD 2014
Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014 2014
ARTICLES University of Washington Alumni Magazine 2020
Washington Post 2020
YES! Magazine 2018
Oregonian 2014
Popular Science 2016
The Guardian 2018
NBC News 2017
WEBSITES/BLOGS University of Utah – U-News 2017
Biographic 2017
National Science Foundation – public engagement 2019
National Science Foundation -canopy rap 2009
National Science Foundation – public engagement 2009
ACADEMIC TALKS Duke University      2019
University of Pennsylvania Environmental Humanities 2016
Pitzer College 2017
MY WEBSITES Nalini Nadkarni
STEM Ambassador Programs
Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated
STEM Community Alliance Program