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Forest canopy research topic of Hefner Lecture

Nalini Nadkarni, co-founder of the International Canopy Network, will present the annual Hefner Lecture on “Life in the Treetops: Forest Canopy Ecologists Explore New Frontiers of Science” at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in 144 Benton Hall.

Nadkarni, who is on the faculty at Evergreen State College, is president of the International Canopy Network, a nonprofit organization that fosters communication among researchers, educators and conservationists concerned with forest canopies. Her field research, conducted in Washington state and in Monteverde, Costa Rica, focuses on the ecology of tropical and temperate forest canopies and the role of canopy-dwelling plants. She has received continuous research support from the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

In 2001 Nadkarni received a Guggenheim Fellowship to explore ways to raise awareness of forest canopy research among non-scientists. Projects and programs she developed through the fellowship include Plants in Prisons, Treetop Barbie, canopy rap and graffiti art, tree logo skateboards and nature-made baseball cards, and trees and spirituality in places of worship.

Along with dozens of scholarly publications and two books, Nadkarni also has written for the popular press. The Hefner Lecture is presented by the department of zoology and the Hefner Zoology Museum with support from numerous co-sponsors.

Nadkarni will also speak at noon Oct. 27 in 218 Pearson Hall on “Global Environmental Changes on Forest Canopy Communities: Can Scientists Help?” The lectures are free; for more information, call Mike Wright at the Hefner Zoology Museum, 9-6084.

Date Published: 10/20/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 12

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