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

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  • STUDENTS IN THE CANOPY - Rebecca Tripp
    STUDENTS IN THE CANOPY – Rebecca Tripp
    Rebecca Tripp is a student who studied with Dr. Meg Lowman’s National Science Foundation grant for undergraduate students, where mobility-limited students were trained to climb trees and sample micro-arthropods. Rebecca was part of a summer team who discovered 8 new species in the trees of...
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  • Beza
    Why Are TREE’S BEZA Books Important?
    via TREE Foundation: Why Are TREE’S BEZA Books Important? Article by Helen Gold As you may be aware, TREE FOUNDATION is selling a book called ‘BEZA’. It’s a great story, about an Ethiopian girl who’s trying to save the forests and the biodiversity of northern Ethiopia in every way that she can....
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  • Meg Lowman Treetops Camp in July 2016
    Meg Lowman Treetops Camp in July 2016
    Tanglewood Nature Center in Elmira/Lowman NY hosted 16 middle school girls for the “Meg Lowman Treetops Camp in July 2016”. In partnership with Cornell University’s Tree Climbing Institute and CanopyMeg, the girls learned to access the canopy! ...
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  • Watch how this Solo drone is used during a tree climbing expedition in Madagascar
    Watch how this Solo drone is used during a tree climbing expedition in Madagascar
    The Cornell Tree Climbing Institute took Solo on an expedition to Madagascar, where they use it as a tool to plan safer and accurate climbing routes, scout trees in thick forests and help officials survey otherwise inaccessible areas in a national park. Bottom line: propellers...
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  • 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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