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

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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
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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.
    ‘Canopy Meg’ Takes Study of Treetops to New Heights
    From Biologist encourages students to pursue careers in science Conservation biologist Meg Lowman (affectionately known as “Canopy” Meg) spoke about her career and her work at a recent Channel City Club meeting. A lifelong “arbornaut,” Lowman has been called the mother of canopy research and has spent...
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  • 'Canopy' Meg and the science of tree tops
    ‘Canopy’ Meg and the science of tree tops
    Dr. Meg Lowman was recently in New Zealand looking at their trees and addressing the importance of forest conservation. Below is an article featuring Dr. Lowman followed by the interview with Wallace Chapman. Article from radionz: Dr Meg Lowman is the world’s first ‘arbonaut’ an expert in the...
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  • Canopy Meg is in New Zealand to talk about conservation
    Canopy Meg is in New Zealand to talk about conservation
    Press Release on November 18, 2016 from Scoop Independent News: Canopy Meg, the world’s first Arbornaut, heads to New Zealand to talk about conservation Meg Lowman, aka Canopy Meg, is a pioneer in the field of forest canopy science. National Geographic nicknamed her “a real-life Lorax” and...
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  • JASON STEM Role Model Q&A with Meg Lowman
    JASON STEM Role Model Q&A with Meg Lowman
    “Dr. ‘Canopy’ Meg Lowman is a Conservation Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences. She has been called the Mother of Canopy Research, and has spent her career exploring the biodiversity of the forest canopy and conserving the forests. She also designs and advises on...
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  • Margaret Lowman
    Canopy Meg talks about her passion for treetop exploration, ecology and the Penang Hill project
    From Malaymail Online: Lowman was recently in Penang to attend the First Penang Hill Biodiversity Study Symposium at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and she will be partnering with USM researchers in a state initiative to help designate Penang Hill as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Here, the 62-year-old...
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