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

Latest Posts

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    Wheelchairs and Waterbears
    The NSF-REU project project to inspire mobility-limited students to train for a career in field biology is in its fifth and final year. What a joy to see these students reach the sky, literally and figuratively! They not only learn canopy access methods, but they...
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  • Conservation research and actions of CanopyMeg, to conserve global forests, are shared in this new book!
    Conservation research and actions of CanopyMeg, to conserve global forests, are shared in this new book!
    Here is an article from Outside Magazine about a new book called, Wild Lives: Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love, written by Lori Robinson and Janie Chodosh. CanopyMeg was one of nearly two dozen wildlife conservationists that were interviewed about their work. Below...
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  • CanopyMeg talks about trees in honor of Earth Week
    CanopyMeg talks about trees in honor of Earth Week
    Audio of Dr. Lowman’s talk “The Money Tree – Are Forests Really Worth Saving?” sponsored by the The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and TREE Foundation: ...
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  • Jason Project — Memory Lane!
    Jason Project — Memory Lane!
    During the 1990s, the Jason Project reached millions of middle-school kids with virtual expeditions around the world. This innovative program utilized satellite technology and miles of cables to connect me from the rain forest canopy to the “production studio” in the jungle. Despite the enormous...
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  • How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest
    How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest
    Dr. Meg Lowman continues to work on protecting the ancient forests in Ethiopia. Next month, Dr. Lowman plans to help a women’s monastery build a wall around their forest. From insidescience.org: In Ethiopia, churches may hold the key to protecting threatened species. In the highlands of Ethiopia, California...
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