Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

PUBLICATIONS

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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Gauging national happiness

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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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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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TV and family planning

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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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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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Dr. Meg Lowman on List of Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business

In the San Francisco Business Times‘ May 2, 2014 issue, Dr. Meg Lowman made the list of the most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.

Dr. Meg Lowman
Chief of science and sustainability, California Academy of Sciences
Education: B.A., biology cum laude, M.A., Williams College; M.Sc., ecology, University of Aberdeen,

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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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Bitten by a love for insects

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

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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