Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is known as the “Queen of the Forest Canopy” and is a Biology Professor at the University of Utah. She explores life in the forest canopies of Costa Rica, and has published over 130 scientific articles and three scholarly books. Nalini is also a passionate communicator to people outside of academia. She brings science and conservation to faith-based groups, urban youth, artists, and incarcerated adults and youth. She is a two-time TED speaker, a National Geographic Society Explorer, and has a “TreeTop Barbie” created by the Mattel Corporation in her image. Nalini has been featured in journals ranging from Science and the Journal of Ecology to Glamour and Playboy Magazine. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society, and her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Archie Carr Medal for Conservation, and the William Julius Wilson Award for Achievement in Social Justice.