Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Ethiopia photos by Phil Harpootlian

Below are some photos taken by Phil Harpootlian when he accompanied Dr. Lowman on an expedition to Ethiopia in January of 2012.

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Ecosystem services presented to 700+ religious leaders in Ethiopia

TREE Foundation has generated countrywide inspiration by priests to conserve their church forests. Our team presented information in ecosystem services at this meeting of 700+ religious leaders in Ethiopia. A WIN for the trees!

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Inside the Sacred Church Forests of Ethiopia – Photos by Matthew Jellings

Matthew Jellings is a photographer currently studying for a masters in wildlife conservation at Sheffield University. He specializes in close up and landscape photography. Mr. Jellings recently accompanied Dr. Lowman on an expedition to Ethiopia and captured some stunning images. You can view the photo

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Ethiopia Expedition 2012 – Update #5

A critical element of our “conservation of Ethiopian church forests” project, Alemayehu and I hosted a worksohp for priests. TREE Foundation “funded” the per diem for each priest to attend. For 2 days of travel to the workshop, one day in attendance, 2 days returning, and all

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Ethiopia Expedition 2012 – Update #4

Our biodiversity team just attended a workshop of the Coptic (Christian Orthodox) priest leadership in Debra Tabor, Ethiopia — chaired by my local colleague, Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete, and myself. I presented a visual lecture (with a very challenging electricity situation where we actually taped the wires

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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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Ethiopia Expedition 2012 – Update #1

Our expedition of 13 arrived in Ethiopia, missing one suitcase and one participant — not a bad track record for travel into these remote places. Matt caught up 2 days later, as did Andrew’s luggage. We are now a team, and were joined by Rolex laureate Brukty

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“Name-the-bark-beetle” Auction is Over

The naming opportunity for our new species of bark beetle (Cyclorhipidion “Your Name Here”) was “sold” for a five-figure sum to a couple who believe strongly in global forest conversation efforts.
Thanks to them, the remaining forests of Ethiopia will gain new expanses of stone walls to safeguard

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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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