Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

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Taiwan Explores and Celebrates Her Treetops

Article by Dr. Meg Lowman in the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute Newsletter:

In 2009, two young Taiwanese biologists arrived at my doorstep in Sarasota, Florida, determined to learn everything about the canopy walkway built in nearby Myakka River State Park. This unique treetop walk has not only inspired

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Connect with Nature on Earth Day

Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.

A scientist and sustainability expert known as the “Einstein of the treetops” says you should go outside and play.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” -Rachel Carson
When you think back to your childhood, can

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A Visit From a Science Rock Star

As thousands of festival-goers flock to Coachella over the next two weekends, rock stars are on many minds across the country. But here in San Francisco, I’ve been reflecting on a different kind of groupie-worthy icon — the one and only E. O. Wilson, champion of conservation,

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Life on tree-tops

Article below written by Bhaskar Krishnamurthy which features Dr. Lowman and her work in the canopies.
Often considered the eighth continent of our planet, canopies
across the world harbour more than 30% of the Earth’s living
fauna, and yet remain one of the least studied areas till date,
especially in India.

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Informal science education like museums can teach key concepts and fill gaps in STEM education

Excerpt from “Ecoliteracy in informal science education settings” in EcoLiteracy, pp. 474–475:
Specific metrics for the status of US science education indicate that the country is losing its competitive edge on a global scale; among nations, the US ranks 22nd in density of broadband internet penetration and 72nd

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Global Canopy Science: Conferences, Publications, and Bottom-Up Action

Below is an excerpt from “What’s Up?”, the International Canopy Network Newsletter Vol. 20, No. 2-3, which contains an interview with Margaret Lowman about Treetops at Risk an anthology about canopy global science, which she co-edited with Soubadra Devy and T. Ganesh.

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How to Raise a Woman Scientist

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of

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Put the Muse Back in Museums

California Academy of Sciences

Article written by Dr. Lowman in the Scientific American (SA Forum):
Science museums should recruit the public in confronting the planet’s toughest challenges.
When I was in graduate school studying ecology during the 1980s, we all shared a conviction to make the world a better place. Oh, the power

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Botanist Margaret Lowman urges children to muddy their boots

Tree queen: Meg Lowman is regarded as the mother of forest canopy research. Photo: Carlton Ward

Article from The Sydney Morning Herald:
Unlike other botanists who plant their feet in the dirt, Dr Margaret Lowman pursues high adventure. The so-called ‘‘mother of canopy research’’ has designed walkways and hot-air balloons for the purpose, becoming a legend in the process – another of her nicknames

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Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue

From Sciencedaily.com:
“Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions.”
Those are the conclusions of more than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers who signed a letter to

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