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Tardigrades publication by NSF undergraduates involved in the “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” program

Congratulations to my undergraduates from our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” for their first publication! This article describes a new species of tardigrade from the trees of Kansas, illustrating that discoveries are everywhere, even in our own backyards.

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Citizen Science Network iNaturalist Celebrates Millionth Nature Observation as it Launches New Visual Maps

The California Academy of Sciences’ naturalist social network gets major revamp
SAN FRANCISCO (November 10, 2014) — This week, iNaturalist.org—the California Academy of Sciences’ online social network for naturalists—launched a new series of easy-to-navigate maps that connect people with the natural world like never before. This living record

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University of Sydney Alumni Profile: Margaret Lowman

From the University of Sydney’s Biology Newsetter Issue 27:
Dr Margaret (Meg) Lowman’s (PhD 1983) email signature encourages you to ‘Enjoy nature!!’ – An attitude she has adopted throughout her career in canopy research and conservation advocacy.
Dr Lowman earned the nickname ‘Canopy Meg’ by sharing her research

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FREE Lecture at USF on Stool Banking, Poop Transplants, and Human Microbiome

A different kind of bank: the world of stool banking, poop transplants and the human microbiome

Come join us to learn about a different kind of bank. The world of stool banking, poop transplants, and the human microbiome.
WHAT: TREE Foundation’s Annual Fedder Environmental Lecture
TALK TITLE: A different kind of bank: the world of stool banking, poop transplants and the human microbiome
SPEAKERS: James Burgess

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Informal science education like museums can teach key concepts and fill gaps in STEM education

Excerpt from “Ecoliteracy in informal science education settings” in EcoLiteracy, pp. 474–475:
Specific metrics for the status of US science education indicate that the country is losing its competitive edge on a global scale; among nations, the US ranks 22nd in density of broadband internet penetration and 72nd

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New Ethopian Church Forest, Wonchet, Conserved

NEW CHURCH FOREST CONSERVED! The church forest called Wonchet, located outside of Bahir Dar, Ethiopia is almost entirely walled, thanks to donors of TREE Foundation. Here are some recent photos, including a blessing by the regional priest! Thank you to all of TREE’s forest conservation stewards!

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Global Canopy Science: Conferences, Publications, and Bottom-Up Action

Below is an excerpt from “What’s Up?”, the International Canopy Network Newsletter Vol. 20, No. 2-3, which contains an interview with Margaret Lowman about Treetops at Risk an anthology about canopy global science, which she co-edited with Soubadra Devy and T. Ganesh.

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How to Raise a Woman Scientist

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of

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10 Things to Do in the AMAZON!

Untamed Science presents a video of the Top 10 Things to Do in the Amazon. Filmed on a recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon with Dr. “CanopyMeg” Lowman.

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Student researcher discovers new tardigrade species

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Alex Young, a student at Lewis and Clark College, recalls his discovery of a new tardigrade species during his undergraduate research internship:
Suspended from a single branch, 60 feet up in a Red Oak, looking over the Wakarusa River, I knew I had chosen the right undergraduate research

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