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In Pictures: Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists

Updated : December 31, 2019 06:24 PM IST

Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni's childhood climbing trees shaped her career and now she's hoping she can get help kids interested in science in a new way: Barbies. Nadkarni has long created her own "treetop Barbies" and has now helped Mattel and National Geographic create a line of dolls with careers in science and conservation.

Photo taken on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City shows one of the
Photo taken on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City shows one of the "treetop Barbies" ecologist Nalini Nadkarni created outfitted with miniature versions of her own gear. Fifteen years after she began making the dolls, Mattel asked her to consult on a new line of Barbies with careers in science and conservation. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
Nalini Nadkarni is shown in her lab on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City holding a Barbie created to look like her when she's climbing into the treetops to study the rainforest canopy.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nalini Nadkarni is shown in her lab on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City holding a Barbie created to look like her when she's climbing into the treetops to study the rainforest canopy.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nadkarni's childhood climbing trees shaped her career and now she's hoping she can get help kids interested in science in a new way: Barbies. Nadkarni has long created her own
Nadkarni's childhood climbing trees shaped her career and now she's hoping she can get help kids interested in science in a new way: Barbies. Nadkarni has long created her own "treetop Barbies" and has now helped Mattel and National Geographic create a line of dolls with careers in science and conservation. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
One of the
One of the "treetop Barbies" ecologist Nalini Nadkarni created outfitted with miniature versions of her own gear.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nadkarni decided to re-fashion the iconic dolls as a scientist-explorer in rubber boots rather than high heels after her own 6-year-old daughter asked for a Barbie. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nadkarni decided to re-fashion the iconic dolls as a scientist-explorer in rubber boots rather than high heels after her own 6-year-old daughter asked for a Barbie. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Nadkarni joined a team of female scientists advising Mattel as it made the line of dolls that includes a marine biologist, astrophysicist, photojournalist, conservationist and entomologist. (Sybil Gotsch, via AP)
Nadkarni joined a team of female scientists advising Mattel as it made the line of dolls that includes a marine biologist, astrophysicist, photojournalist, conservationist and entomologist. (Sybil Gotsch, via AP)
Published : December 31, 2019 06:24 PM IST
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