Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Ethiopia Expedition 2012 – Update #3

Monday, January 8 – Today we started sampling at our largest church forest site — Gelawdios — which is 100 hectares in size and dates back to 1500. We met with the head priest of this district, who cares passionately about conserving their church forests. He also

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Ethiopia Expedition 2012 – Update #2

Some of our great field team in action during the Ethiopia Church Forest expedition:

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CHURCH FOREST – a documentary film about the Church Forests of Ethiopia

Go to to find out how you can help get this film made.
A portion of all money raised for this film will be used for stone walls around the forests, local labor, hygiene installations to insure that the church biodiversity has appropriate stewardship, gates, and a

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CanopyMeg mentors K-12 science teacher DC Randle, a 20-year partnership!

DC Randle explores the Amazon Rainforest canopy and talks about what made him want to become a biologist, what he tells his students and what he likes best about the rainforest canopy.

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ACTS canopy walkway system in Amazonian Peru

Fieldwork in the rain at the ACTS canopy walkway system in Amazonian Peru.

ACTS walkway with DC Randle

DC Randle talks about the rainforest canopy, his interest in biology and the natural world, and more:

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Dr. Lowman on Radio in Vivo 6/1/2011

Dr. Lowman was a guest on WCOM’s Radio in Vivo on June 1, 2011. Discussion included the Nature Research Center, canopy science research and communicating science.
You can also listen the the podcast using the player below:

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Belly Button Biodiversity Slideshow

Museum initiatives on the diversity of life on and around us

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Student Jiri Hulcr talks about our citizen science project

Student Jiri Hulcr was on NPR’s Living on Earth to talk about the Belly Button Biodiversity project.
Listen and read at:
You can also listen using the player below:

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Tree climbing class group photo

May 2011 – Tree climbing class from NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NC State University biology department under a giant willow oak after the first climb!

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Exploring the Northeastern Coastline of South America

In late March and early April of 2011, an expedition team including NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Smithsonian Institution, and University of Chicago found a gang of us exploring the northeastern coastline of South America — starting in Brazil and ending up in the Dutch Antilles. As

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