Scientist, Author, Educator, Tree Canopy Biologist


Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy Walkway

Meg Lowman atop the Myakka Canopy WalkwayPhoto by: Carlton Ward Jr.

Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D. a.k.a. “Canopy Meg” is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor, and public speaker. Her expertise involves canopy ecology, canopy plant-insect relationships, and constructing canopy walkways. She is currently Director of Global Initiatives, Lindsay Chair of Botany, & Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation at the California Academy of Sciences.
Nicknamed the “Real-Life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the Treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. On January 6, 2014 Dr. Lowman joined the California Academy of Sciences as its inaugural Chief of Science and Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for the Academy’s programs of scientific research and exploration. For over 30 years, “Canopymeg” has solved mysteries of insect pests and ecosystem health in the highest layer of the world’s forests, designing the tools of the trade- hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration- as she went. Her personal mantra is “no child left indoors.”

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(Updated January, 2016)