Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

NATURE’S SECRETS

Monarch butterflies in peril

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. — John Muir
You don’t have to be a scientist to know and love the monarch butterfly. That iconic, fluttering orange-and-black creature represents a harbinger of summer, of happiness,

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Engage women in science

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It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflict. — Maj. Gen. Patrick Cammaert, former U.N. force commander, 2008
On Nov. 6, 238 scientists (predominantly women) signed a proclamation titled “A call for inclusive conservation” in the prestigious, peer-reviewed journal Nature

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Gift from the gut

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If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. — Albert Einstein
Did you know that a hundred trillion microbes live in your digestive system, and yet almost nothing is known about them?
Our own bodies house one of the highest-biodiversity ecosystems on the planet, and

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New ‘spies’ for science

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. — Albert Einstein
The era of “citizen spies” is upon us! “CSI: Miami,” take note. Many conservation biologists, geologists, public health specialists and nonprofits are building up a new army, called UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicles) or “drones,” which are low-cost surveillance technologies

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How to raise a girl scientist

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“Well behaved women rarely make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Thankfully, things have changed in the world of science since brave and bold Marie Curie was the sole female in many auspicious occasions. But approximately 51 percent of the world’s population is female and far too few women

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Sustainability and science museums

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A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world. — From a church in Sussex, England c. 1730
When I was in graduate school studying ecology during the 1980s, we

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Gauging national happiness

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We should help our children realize that what they want in life … is happiness. We cannot stop television, we cannot stop their exposure to commercials. … But hopefully we will be able to give them a strong dose of the other kind of temptation — the

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From Myakka to Taiwan

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, it’s reasonable that my friends say:

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TV and family planning

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When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide Web … Now even my cat has its own page. — Former President Bill Clinton
Much of my global forest conservation work takes me to remote parts of the planet, including

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Bitten by a love for insects

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Most children have a bug period. — E.O. Wilson, Harvard entomologist and biodiversity expert
I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relation to plants in the forest canopy. But insects also love me. Working in Ethiopia recently

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