Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Dr. Meg Lowman Appointed as Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

(Sarasota) New College of Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Margaret Lowman as Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies. Dr. Lowman is the first full-time faculty member of the Environmental Studies program, founded in 1972 by former New College president John Elmendorf. Dr.

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Ecotourism and Its Impact on Forest Conservation

A new century of environmental consciousness is dawning. Under the pressures of explosive human population growth, our planet’s natural communities are shriveling rapidly. They are shrinking on all sides because of the expansion of agriculture, urbanization, damming, forest fragmentation, contaminants into water tables, road building, and even

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The Big Canopy Debate – September 16-18, 2004

The Big Canopy Debate
September 16-18, 2004
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Canopymeg is an invited keynote speaker for the upcoming Canopy Season at Eden Project, Great Britain’s premier new botanical garden in Cornwall. During September, Eden is hosting an internationally acclaimed group of canopy scientists to discuss their research and speculate

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Canopy Nature Walk at the Myakka River State Park [VIDEO]

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Myakka Canopy Walkway construction [VIDEO]

Video of the Myakka Canopy Walkway construction

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Amazon Expedition – save this date!

Meg Lowman will be leading an expedition to the Peruvian Amazon from January 15 – 23, 2005. Information coming soon on this site, or check with the New College Foundation, Sarasota FL.
Further information available:
New College Foundation (941) 359-4680 or

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NASA Data Shows Deforestation Affects Climate In The Amazon

NASA satellite data are giving scientists insight into how large-scale deforestation in the Amazon Basin in South America is affecting regional climate. Researchers found during the Amazon dry season last August, there was a distinct pattern of higher rainfall and warmer temperatures over deforested regions.
Full Article

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Forest Canopies by Margaret D. Lowman and H. Bruce Rinker to be released in July 2004

Coming in July:
Forest Canopies by Margaret D. Lowman and H. Bruce Rinker
published by Elsevier Press, San Diego CA.
This definitive textbook will provide summaries of all relevant topics on canopy biology, useful for college students, foresters, educators, conservationists, scientists in all disciplines of biology, and policy-makers.
Some pre-announcements are

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Photo Gallery – 2004 – Explorers Club 100th Anniversary in New York City

Canopymeg attended the 100th anniversary banquet for the Explorers Club in New York City during spring 2004. Pictured here are the exotic ordeurves that included hissing cockroaches and tempura tarantula. Sir Edmund Hillary presented the keynote address, and all of the explorers shared stories of the last

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Photo Gallery – 2004 – Panama Adventure

A group of twelve teachers, led by Professor Meg Lowman of New College department of Environmental Studies, visited the tropical rain forests of Panama during summer 2004. The teachers learned about tropical ecosystems, visited Panamanian schools, and brought school supplies to several schools in remote locations.
During a

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