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HAMPTON, VA, December 14, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/--
The Environmental Career Center (ECC) caught up with TreeTop Barbie for an interview on her exciting career as a forest canopy ecologist. TreeTop Barbie takes time out from her busy schedule to advise aspiring future ecologists on why environmental issues are important, and what it takes to prepare for a high-level ecology career like hers.

TreeTop Barbie is the brainchild of Nalini Nadkami, Ph.D., president of the nonprofit International Canopy Network (ICAN) and professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. This career-oriented feature, aimed at young people age 4 to 20 years, describes the career of a forest ecologist from a woman's perspective, i.e., TreeTop Barbie and Dr. Nadkami. As a full size BarbieŽ doll, TreeTop Barbie is dressed in rugged field ecology clothing complete with anchoring ropes, harness, and hardhat, made her debut several years ago when Nadkami designed her ecologist apparel. TreeTop Barbie is not sold by Mattel (not yet).

The curvaceous forest ecologist figure is involved with fundraising for ICAN's important forest canopy research and for public outreach. "I want to help solve 'real life' problems. For example, I've been working to collect canopy plants that can be made into medicines that could cure cancer or AIDS. So my professional concerns range from pure curiosity to saving the world," said TreeTop Barbie.

In the interview, TreeTop Barbie discusses what it is like to be a canopy research ecologist in a Costa Rica rain forest. She talks about the importance of forest ecology in sustaining our global environment. She also discusses the physical challenges of the position as well as its benefits and future employment opportunities for forest ecology work."

"My five year old daughter explained that TreeTop Barbie would just stand there and not say anything when that we asked about her cool job in the forest treetops," said John Esson, president of ECC. "TreeTop Barbie delighted us all when she revealed her inspirational, non-traditional career story."

The complete interview is at:

For more information, please contact John Esson at (757) 727-7895.

The Environmental Career Center (ECC) has been helping people work for a better environment since 1980. ECC operates, an environmental job board and free resume posting service. ECC's inaugural issue of Green Careers Journal will be published in January 2006. For more information: See or call 800-639-0745 (757-727-7895).

Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni is a professor at The Evergreen State College who studies forest canopies and teaches forest ecology. She climbs trees to study the plants and animals that live in the trees in tropical rainforests of Costa Rica and temperate rainforests of Washington State. Dr. Nadkarni loves to teach other young girls how to climb and what a great career field ecology is for women. She has a husband and two children (Gus is 16, Erika is 13), and they reside in the Olympia, Washington area. For more information: See

John Esson, President
Environmental Career Center
2 Eaton Street Suite 711
Hampton, VA 23669
(757) 727-7895

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