Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

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In a Google Science Fair Hangout On Air conversation with editor-in-chief of Scientific American, Mariette DiChristina, Dr. Lowman discusses how she became fascinated with what is happening at the tops of trees, what kinds of studies she has done on her treetop walkways, and more.

California Academy of Sciences
Dr. Margaret Lowman is currently Director of Global Initiatives, Lindsay Chair of Botany & Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation at the California Academy of Sciences.

New Book

treetops-at-riskTreetops at Risk
Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation
Lowman, Margaret; Devy, Soubadra; Ganesh, T. (Eds.)
2013, XIX, 444 p. 100 illus., 78 illus. in color.

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  • Uses the major findings of the 5th International Canopy Conference as a platform for organization
  • Assembles a global authorship to examine past accomplishments and future initiatives critical in forest conservation
  • Presents articles that represent future priorities and advancements for canopy science in the next decade

Featured Project

CanopyMeg and TREE Foundation are working to conserve the Church Forests of Ethiopia, but we need your help!

This unique opportunity not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also saves biodiversity, fresh water, natural medicines, pollinators, and insures the future spiritual heritage of an African nation. Read more.

Current Projects

The Nature Research Center

TREE Foundation

REU Canopy Explorers

Sloth Conservation

Out on a Limb - Forest Canopies

Base Camp Sarasota

Canopy Walkway Construction

Books, Publications and Column

Dr. Lowman has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and several books including Life in the Treetops, It’s a Jungle Up There, and Methods in Forest Research.

Dr. Lowman’s column Nature’s Secrets can be found in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The News & Observer.

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Latest Posts

  • Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.
    Tracking Big Cats in India
    When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another Heaven and another Earth must pass before such a one can be again.—William Beebe Celebrate International Tiger Day—July 29, 2016 In awe, we stopped dead in our tracks to gaze at the enormous...
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    Sex Sizzles In The Summer
    “The earth laughs in flowers.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson An idyllic summer evening in nature evokes a smorgasbord of sights, smells, and sounds—golden sunsets, chirping crickets, light shows by blinking fireflies, and wafts of floral perfumes. For anyone who grew up in New England, this summer imagery may...
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  • Dr. Meg Lowman elected in ESA's 2016 fellows program
    Dr. Meg Lowman elected in ESA’s 2016 fellows program
    Dr. Lowman has been recognized for her service as a member of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and for promoting the science of ecology. From esa.org: The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2016 fellows. The Society’s fellows program recognizes the many...
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  • Field Report: Women in Science Summit 2016
    Field Report: Women in Science Summit 2016
    D.C. Randle’s field report from the first annual Women in Science Summit hosted at the California Academy of Sciences. This year, my friend and mentor, Dr. Meg Lowman asked me to join a panel session at the first annual Women in Science Summit hosted at the...
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  • CanopyMeg on Ode to Evolution Podcast
    CanopyMeg on Ode to Evolution Podcast
    Dr. Meg Lowman is one of the scientists that appears on the first episode of the new “Ode to Evolution” podcast. This podcast “blends art, storytelling, and science to bring you tales of evolutionary research happening right now – in a format that is accessible...
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