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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Tree canopy biologist, educator, writer, public speaker. Director of Global Initiatives/Senior Scientist of Plant Conservation at California Academy of Sciences
  • Great to talk at SRQ Florida #MarchforScience, a region that voted RED, but their kids need great sci. via @YouTube
  • Speaking at RED Florida science march, inviting kids onstage to share savvy science advice to adults. Go kids!!!
  • Spoke about value of science today in RED state of Florida.. surrounded by kids w/placards. The next-gen gets it!
  • Amazing turnout! Florida science march draws > 1000 and lots of kids. Next-gen STEM stars! Over 25 kids joined me o…
  • Am excited to speak at #MarchforScience in RED region of SW Florida. With all its invasive species & coastline, FL needs great science!

Latest Posts

  • Meg Lowman at Sarasota March for Science
    Meg Lowman at Sarasota March for Science
    Dr. Meg Lowman was the first speaker at the Sarasota March for Science. Here is some video and photos from the event: ...
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  • Spotlight on SciComm: Meg Lowman
    Spotlight on SciComm: Meg Lowman
    Alexa McKay, editor at Nature Communications, conducted brief Q&A interviews with scientists who have actively engaged in outreach and science communication. Alexa helped to coordinate a set of blog posts in honor of Earth Day and these posts can be found at the Nature Ecology...
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  • 5th grade students thankful for Skype session with CanopyMeg
    5th grade students thankful for Skype session with CanopyMeg
    Fifth grade students at Blue Point Elementary School in Blue Point, New York had the opportunity to Skype with CanopyMeg and ask great questions. Their teacher, Stacey Loeffler, stated the following: “Thank you so very much, Dr. Lowman! Our students are so thankful that they had...
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  • New Conservation Project in Malaysia
    New Conservation Project in Malaysia
    Dr. CanopyMeg Lowman is heading up a biodiversity survey in Penang, Malaysia with approximately 45 local and international scientists. Their mission is to tally the species living on Penang Hill, beloved by the citizens of Georgetown and within a 15 minute drive of approximately 2...
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  • Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love
    Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love
    Dr. Meg Lowman is one of twenty conservation experts featured in a new book by Lori Robinson and Janie Chodosh. Just in time for Earth Day, Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love is now available on Amazon and in...
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