Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist

Forest Canopies

Forest Canopies

by Lowman M.D. and H.B. Rinker
Available at your local bookstore or order online.

The treetops of the world’s forests are where discovery and opportunity abound, however they have been relatively inaccessible until recently. This book represents an authoritative synthesis of data, anecdotes, case studies, observations, and recommendations from researchers and educators who have risked life and limb in their advocacy of the High Frontier. With innovative rope techniques, cranes, walkways, dirigibles, and towers, they finally gained access to the rich biodiversity that lives far above the forest floor and the emerging science of canopy ecology. In this new edition of Forest Canopies, nearly 60 scientists and educators from around the world look at the biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and conservation of forest canopy ecosystems.

  • Nearly 60 contributors from 15 states and 8 countries.
  • Full-color photographs and increased dimensions of text for wider appeal.
  • Aimed at researchers, students, professors, resource managers, forest scientists, conservationists, and others who want to make a difference in forest protection and management.
  • The only textbook available that attempts to understand and link the structure, organisms, and ecological processes of the forest canopy with human activities.
  • Foreword by preeminent scientist and author Thomas E. Lovejoy with contributions from E.O. Wilson, Lynn Margulis, David Dilcher, and other award-winning conservationists.
  • Up-to-date perspectives on the ecology and evolution of forest canopies around the world with additional topics of microbial canopies, tardigrades, decomposition, and much more.
  • Chapters and sidebars filled with the discoveries and opportunities rich in the High Frontier!


"[This volume] is a must-read for all those interested in forest canopies."

"Anyone interested in understanding forests can only do so with this valuable book."
– Thomas E. Lovejoy, President, The Heinz Center for Science Economics and the Environment