Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

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Gift from the gut

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

“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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A call for inclusive conservation

A new comment in the journal Nature argues that conservation’s impact on the world is being hindered by the field’s lack of inclusiveness — particularly its failure to consistently include both the many different values people hold for nature, and the viewpoints of women and diverse ethnicities and cultures. The comment is

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Tardigrades publication by NSF undergraduates involved in the “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” program

Congratulations to my undergraduates from our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” for their first publication! This article describes a new species of tardigrade from the trees of Kansas, illustrating that discoveries are everywhere, even in our own backyards.

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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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Sustainability and science museums

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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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Science student Alex Young and his favorite textbook: Methods in Forest Canopy Research

Alex Young with Methods in Forest Canopy Research

Science student Alex Young wrote in to say how he enjoyed Water bear weekend at the California Academy of Sciences and shared this photo of him with his favorite textbook: Methods in Forest Canopy Research. Thanks Alex!

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