Evergreen faculty re-elected to Nature Conservancy's board

January 27, 2006

SEATTLE (Nature Conservancy) - Nalini Nadkarni, a professor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and renowned forest canopy specialist, returns to the board of trustees for the Washington chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the organization announced Friday.

Nadkarni, who served on the Nature Conservancy's board from 1998 to 2004, is an ardent believer in the value of forest conservation. In 1994 she co-founded the International Canopy Network, a non-profit organization designed to facilitate communication among researchers, educators, and conservationists concerned with the welfare of forest canopies.

Appearing on the National Geographic Emmy Award-winning documentary, "Heroes of the High Frontier," Nadkarni has long sought new ways to educate the general public, children, and policymakers about the ecological significance of forest canopies and forest conservation. Her latest project, the Forest Canopy Walkway, can be found on The Evergreen State College campus.

Nadkarni has received a Guggenheim Fellowship to help support her efforts to communicate the importance of forest canopy research to non-scientists.

On the Web at nature.org/washington.