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Dust particles can carry quite a hefty cost

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in newsobserver.com:
Our daily lives are surrounded by billions of unwelcome aliens that constantly engulf us, and yet we know next to nothing about them. They are technically the product of aeolian (wind-driven) processes, and are called “dust.”
Dust is everywhere – sprinkled

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REU Canopy Explorer Testimonial – Rebecca Tripp

Rebecca Tripp’s testimonial, with photos, about choosing and participating in the REU Canopy summer research program:
Growing up on the rugged coast of Maine, with mountains, fields, forests and wildlife around every turn, I developed a deep love of nature at a very young age, and a strong

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Nature’s Secrets: Tropical fruits shape history

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in newsobserver.com:
In our zest to breed the most resilient crops, agriculture is fast losing the genetic diversity of many food plants. Apples and tomatoes, with their shrinking heirloom stocks, are prime examples.
On the other hand, an extraordinary smorgasbord of tropical fruits

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Williams College student writes about the NSF REU summer program

From the Mailbag –
Anna writes:
I’m a rising junior at Williams College, in Massachusetts, where I’m majoring in Math and Chemistry. I love studying plants and am fascinated by the symbiotic relationships between the flora and fauna that surround us. Through this summer experience,

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Celebrate Clean Water Act

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

What is the vitality and necessity of clean water? Ask the man who is ill, who is lifting his lips to the cup. Ask the Forest. — Mary Oliver, poet
Turning the age of 40 often inspires human reflection, change, or reinvention. Although not a person, the Clean

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Zarith Sofiah Wildlife Defenders Challenge 2013 for Students in Malaysia

Twelve students and four teachers will be selected from a national competition by Her Royal Highness of Johor, Malaysia, and the winners of this environmental essay/action challenge will be a free trip to visit CanopyMeg and the Nature Research Center in Raleigh North Carolina. Stay tuned, as

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Students learning the ropes for Baker summer research project

You do not need the use of your legs to be a field biologist. Join CanopyMeg’s summer research undergraduates who will be studying the ecology of temperate forest canopies. From wheelchairs to ropes, up and away to study insect defoliation to leaves, micro-arthropods, and especially the secretive

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CanopyMeg at Wildlife Conservation Awareness Day in Malaysia

CanopyMeg Lowman presented the keynote speech to launch the special Conservation Day in Malaysia, hosted by Her Royal Highness Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor, Malaysia, on 2 April 2013.
Below are some images of the audience, the panel of prominent Malaysian government scientists and officials, and Dr. Meg

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There’s quite a micro-world in your house

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Dr. Lowman’s latest Nature’s Secrets column in newsobserver.com:
Who lives in your home?
Most people count their family members, plus an optional dog or cat. But entomologists – scientists who study insects – are now turning their attention to the six- and eight-legged critters that share your household. Despite

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Nature’s call becomes wake-up call at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

From newsobserver.com:
Lowman has long worked to make science accessible. She built the nation’s only handicapped-accessible tree canopy walkway in Florida in 2000 to celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And she recently won federal funding for a summer program that will allow her to

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