Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

ETHIOPIA

Beza Books Given Out to Kids in Ethiopia

Dr. Meg Lowman giving out Beza books to local Ethiopian children.

For every English version of Beza sold one copy was distributed FREE in Amharic to an Ethiopian child!
Thank you to those of you who purchased this book which is helping us conserve Ethiopia’s forests, as well as educate the next generation about the importance of their natural

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In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs 2016

In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs
June 1 – August 9, 2016
with W.R. Millerand, PI and M. D. Lowman, Co-PI
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How Churches are the Gatekeepers of Ethiopia’s Forests

From Africa Geographic Magazine:
In the highlands of Ethiopia, American scientist Meg Lowman is working with local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie to protect ancient church forests.
As in many developing countries, much of Ethiopia’s original forests have been cleared for subsistence agriculture and for harvesting timber and firewood, diminishing

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Researchers, locals work together to save Ethiopia’s ‘church forests’

Article published at Mongabay.com by Heather D’Angelo on March 3, 2015 about Dr. Lowman’s work with forest conservation in Ethiopia.
Presenting a workshop on ecosystem services to a roomful of priests in Ethiopia may seem like an unlikely scenario for a conservation biologist to end up in, but

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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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Update on Ethiopia church forest sites

Wonchet Michael 2

Alemayehu provides this update on the church forest sites:
1. Group 1: Already started projects Woji and Debresena. This is still in progress.
2. Group 2: New sites: Wonchet (The priest who requested repeatedly around Zhara) has started stone collection. Another is named Goha Mariam which has already started

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Google Maps, Canopy Climber Save Dry Ethiopia’s Church Forests

Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman in Ethiopia, home to unusual Coptic churches surrounded by forests. Source: California Academy of Sciences via Bloomberg

Bloomberg Businessweek interview with Dr. Meg Lowman regarding the church forests in Ethiopia. Article written by Manuela Hoelterhoff in Bloomberg News:
Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman spends a lot of time balancing at the top of trees. To get there, she’s designed hot air balloons and travels the

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Dispatch from Ethiopia: Curse of the Church Forests

Dr. Lowman’s article originally posted at calacademy.org:
I’m swallowing mouthfuls of dust each day driving long distances through a landscape parched by East Africa’s annual dry season. The majority of roads are not only dusty; they’re unbelievably rough, and our four-wheel-drive’s dysfunctional shock absorbers subject us to a

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Are church forests key to conservation in Ethiopia?

Article from Deutsche Welle (DW) that provides an excellent summary of Dr. Lowman’s conservation efforts in Ethiopia:
In the highlands of Ethiopia efforts are underway to protect the cultural and biological resources of an ancient landscape. The key to regeneration may be as old as the book of Genesis itself.
The

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Lowman to study coffee forests in Ethiopia as Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Margaret D. Lowman, research professor in the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University and senior scientist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will teach and study coffee forests in Ethiopia this winter as part of the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Program. Lowman

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