Research & Scholarship

Research and Scholarship

GROUNDBREAKING WORK IN THE “EIGHTH CONTINENT”
Photo credit: Roger Winstead

For more than 40 years, Margaret “CanopyMeg” Lowman Ph.D. has pioneered the development of forest canopy science and been involved in groundbreaking work in 46 countries across seven continents. She refers to herself as an “arbornaut” — an explorer of the forest canopies that make up what she affectionately calls the eighth continent.

As the author/co-author of multiple books and over 150 scientific publications, Meg is regularly invited to co-chair international canopy conferences, speak to colleges and universities, and serve in sustainable advisory positions and on boards for corporations and nonprofits across the globe.

Her academic training includes Williams College (BA, Biology); Aberdeen University (MSc, Ecology); Sydney University (Ph.D., Botany); Tuck School of Business (Executive Management Program), and Stanford University (Ald0 Leopold Leadership Program). She was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar to both India and Ethiopia.

Margaret Lowman Catalog of Publications

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Books

  • Lowman MD. The Arbornaut. A memoir. Farrer, Strauss & Giroux, August 2021.
  • Frost C and M Lowman. In prep. Forest Canopies – third edition. Springer/Elsevier.
  • Lowman MD, S Azizah Mohd Nor, N Ruppert (editors). In press. Biodiversity Survey on Penang Hill, Malaysia. USM Publishers.
  • Lowman MD. 2017. Muddy Boots – essays of a field biologist. Peppertree Press, 148 pp.
  • Lowman MD. 2016. Through the Year with Gertrude Grosbeak. Peppertree Press, children’s book.
  • Lowman, M.D. and W Mulat. 2014. Beza – Who Saved the Forests of Ethiopia, One Church at a Time. Peppertree Press (children’s book), both English and Amharic versions.
  • Lowman, M.D., S. Devy, and T. Ganesh. 2013. Treetops at Risk. (Springer Verlag).
  • Lowman, M.D., Schowalter T., & Franklin J. 2012. Methods in Forest Canopy Research (University of California Press).
  • Lowman, M.D., J. Burgess and E. Burgess. 2006 It’s a Jungle Out There – More Tales from the Treetops. Yale University Press. 291 pp. (Paperback, 2008; reprinted in Korean, 2009).
  • Lowman M.D. and H.B. Rinker. 2004 Forest Canopies. Elsevier Press.
  • Lowman, M.D. 1999. Life in the Treetops. Yale University Press. (Editions in German, Chinese and Korean; paperback version in 2002)
  • Lowman, M.D. and N.M. Nadkarni (eds.) 1995. Forest Canopies. Academic Press 624 pp. (Second Edition in paperback 1996)
  • Lowman, M.D. (ed.) 1992. Ecology of Hopkins Forest. Williams College Printers. 100 pp
  • Heatwole, H. & M.D. Lowman. 1986. Dieback: The Death of an Australian Landscape, Reed & Co. 150 pp.
  • Lowman, M.D. 1974. Some Aspects of the Fabric of Life, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare 204 pp.

National Leadership Reports

  • Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. 2019. Environmental leadership case studies. Chapter on Ethiopian church forests and bottom-up conservation.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2012. Health and environment – kids and treehouses. www.epa.gov, blog from Women and Environment White House summit.
  • NEON Tiger Team. 2008. Education Plan. http://www.neoninc.org/documents/tigerteam
  • Sarasota County Environmental Initiatives, FL (2004 – 2009) series of quarterly reports over 5 years to document environmental programs: invasive reptiles, science education outreach, development of Land Institute, conservation action plans, and other activities.
  • NEON ISEP. 2006. National Ecological Observatory Network, Integrated Science and Education Plan. National NEON Design Committee, M.D. Lowman – co-chair education group, contributed to ISEP plan and writing: http://www.neoninc.org/documents/ISEP.
  • Lowman, M.D. 1974. Some Aspects of the Fabric of Life, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare 204 pp.

Theses

  • Lowman, M.D. 1982. Leaf Growth Dynamics and Herbivory in Australian Rain Forest Canopies. Ph.D. Thesis. Sydney University (Supervisor: Peter Myerscough).
  • Lowman, M.D. 1978. Phenology and Productivity of Betula pendula and B. pubescens in Scotland. Master’s Thesis. Aberdeen University (Supervisor: Peter Ashton).
  • Lowman, M.D. 1976. Phenological Phenomena and Growth Studies for 16 Northern Hardwoods. Honors Thesis. Williams College (Supervisor: Henry Art).

Journal Articles (peer-reviewed except those with *)

  • Wayne P. Sousa, Kyle E. Harms, Claudia M. Tyler, Margaret D. Lowman, Michael J. Keough, Peter T. Green, Allan Stewart-Oaten (2021). Resolution of Respect Joseph Hurd Connell (1923-2020). The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Bulletin. https://doi.org/10.1002/bes2.1846 PDF
  • MD Lowman 2019. Life in the treetops—An overview of forest canopy science and its future directions.  IN: Plants, People, Planet DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10125  PDF
  • Moore A, MD West, L Tibbs, WR Miller, C Johansson, MD Lowman. Submitted. Tardigrades of the canopy: a new genus for Acanthechiniscus goedeni (Heterotardigrada: Eschiniscoidea: Echiniscidae) from Oregon USA. Zootaxa. (first authors were undergraduate students)
  • Prashanth Ballullaya U, Manoj Kandoth, Rajesh TP, KS Reshmi, MD Lowman. 2019. Stakeholder motivation for the conservation of sacred groves in south India: an analysis of environmental perceptions of rural and urban neighborhood communities. Land Use Policy (in press). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.104213  PDF
  • Qing Pei, Guodong Li, BP Winterhalder, MD Lowman. 2019. Regional patterns of pastoralist migrations under the push of reduced precipitation in imperial China. Global Ecology and Biogeography 00:1-11. DOI: 10.1111/geb.13040. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13040 PDF
  • Lowman MD. 2019. Methoden der baumkronen-forschung im wald. IN: Jahrbuch der Baumpflege (Yearbook of Arboriculture) 2019. (Ed D. Dujeseifken). Haymarket Media. Pp. 111-121. PDF
  • WR Miller, H Cotton, SA Kimball, MD Lowman. 2019. Tardigrades in the canopy: from outreach to classroom to science. (In press).
  • Waymire A, M DuBuc, WR Miller, MD Lowman. 2019. Tardigrades in the canopy: an analysis of arboreal habitats. (In press).
  • David K. Goodin, Alemayehu Wassie, M.D. Lowman (2019) The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Forests and Economic Development: The Case for Traditional Ecological Management, Journal of Religion & Society, 21: 1-23 PDF
  • Lowman MD, L Nkaganovsky, C Haley. 2019. Herbivory in the Malaysian rain forest canopy, Penang Hill. IN: The Biodiversity of a Malaysian Rain Forest, Penang Hill. Malaysian Forestry Service Publications.
  • Lowman MD, S Azizah Mohd Nor, N Ruppert. 2018. Advancing the rain forest conservation toolkit – a new model for biodiversity surveys. Conservation Biology and Practice (online). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.2  PDF
  • Lowman MD.2018. Earth system environmental literacy. IN: Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer Science Publishers. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-2493-6_895-3
  • Schlabach S., J Donaldson, K Hobelman, WR Miller, & MD Lowman. 2018. Tardigrades of the Canopy: Milnesium burgessi nov. sp. (Eutardigrada: Apochela: Milnesiidae) a new species from Kansas, U.S.A. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 121(1-2):39-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1660/062.121.0204 PDF
  • Gary B. Perlmutter, Gary B. Blank, Thomas R. Wentworth, Margaret D. Lowman, Howard S. Neufeld, and Eimy Rivas Plata. Highway pollution effects on microhabitat community structure of corticolous lichens. The Bryologist Spring 2018: Vol. 121, Issue 1, pg(s) 1- 13. (first author is my graduate student) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-121.1.001  PDF
  • Lowman MD and J Kress. 2017. Biodiversity and collections –museums as an alternative career to academics. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 15: 110-112.PDF
  • Lowman MD and S Pallaty. 2017. Sacred Forests –assessing the value of spiritual sites. Bioscience 67: 688-90. (second author is graduate student)
  • Lowman MD. 2017. More than a repository for dead bodies –making natural science museums relevant for the next generation. Austin Publishing open access 1:1-2.PDF
  • Lowman MD. 2017. Exploration in the treetops. IN: Exploration –Merit Badge Series for Boy Scouts of America.
  • Permutter G, G Blank, TR Wentworth, MD Lowman, HS Neufeld, ER Plata. 2017. Effects of highway pollution on forest lichen community structure in western Wake County, North Carolina, USA. The Bryologist 120:1-10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1639/0007-2745-120.1.001
  • Permutter G, G B Blank, TR Wentworth, MD Lowman, HS Neufeld. 2017. Environmental factors influencing lichen communities in highway-exposed forests and building an indicator species index for environmental quality in central North Carolina, USA. J Total Environment.
  • Lowman MD. 2016. Exploring exploration: a field scientist’s perspective. Lifewide Magazine (UK) 18: 61-64.PDF
  • Reynolds T, CD Collins, A Wassie, J Liang, W Briggs, M Lowman, TS Sisay, E Adamu. 2016. Sacred natural sites as mensurative fragmentation experiments in long-inhabited multifunctional landscapes. Ecography 39: 1-14. (three authors are US undergraduates and 2 Ethiopian students) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.02950  PDF
  • Sorger DL, W Booth, AW Eshete, M Lowman, M Moffett. 2016. Outnumbered –a new dominant ant species with genetically diverse supercolonies in Ethiopia. Insectes Sociauz.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00040-016-0524-9
  • Lowman M and B Voirin. 2016. Eye on the environment: drones for conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 14: 234. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.1290 PDF
  • M.D. Lowman. 2016 Life in the Lab. Science: Vol. 352, issue 5281, pp 47 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf2161  PDF
  • A. Young, B. Chappell, W.R. Miller, M.D. Lowman. 2016 Tardigrades of the Tree Canopy: Milnesium swansoni sp. nov. (Eutardigrada: Apochela: Milnesiidae) a new species from Kansas, U.S.A. Zootaxa 4072 (5): 559-568 (1st authors = undergraduate students). DOI: https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4072.5.3  PDF
  • L. Chang, D. Powell, W.R. Miller, M.D. Lowman. Tardigrades of the Canopy: Evidence of stratification. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science: Vol. 118, no. 3-4 p. 230-236 (2015) (1st authors = students) DOI: https://doi.org/10.1660/062.118.0306  PDF
  • Lowman M. 2015. Taiwan explores and celebrates her treetops. For. Res. Newsletter Taiwan 22: 28-30. PDF
  • Chappell BM, D Parry, WR Miller & MD Lowman. 2015. Tardigrades of the Canopy: Doryphoribius gibber Beasley and Pliato, 1987 (Eutardigrada: Parachela: Hypsibiidae) new records from eastern Kansas, U.S.A. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 118:48-52.DOI: https://doi.org/10.1660/062.118.0106
  • Young A, WR Miller, RL Tripp & MD Lowman. 2015. Tardigrades in the canopy: a preliminary report. 13th international symposium on Tardigrada, Modena Italy.
  • H. Tallis, J. Lubchenco, M Lowman, et al. 2014. A call for inclusive conservation. Nature. 515: 27-31. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/515027a PDF
  • Haefke, BJ, A Spiers, WR Miller & MD Lowman 2014. Tardigrades of the Canopy: Doryphoribius elleneddiei nov. sp.(Eutardigrada, Parachela, Hypsibiidae), a New Species from Eastern Kansas, USA. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. Vol. 117: 299-304 (first authors = undergraduate students)  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1660/062.117.0319  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2014. Ecoliteracy in informal science education settings. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 474-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-12.8.474  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2014. Put the Muse Back in Museums – Science museums should recruit the public in confronting the planet’s toughest challenges. Scientific American Forum
  • Rocha LA… M Lowman et al. 2014. Specimen collection: an essential tool. Science 344: 814-5. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.344.6186.816-a  PDF
  • Haefke BJ, AI Spiers., WR Miller & MD Lowman, M.D. 2013. Tardigrades in the Canopy: Using double rope techniques to conduct sampling along vertical transects. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 116(3-4):119-124. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1660/062.116.0303
  • Cardelús CL, P Scull, J Hair, M Baimas-George, Lowman, M.D., and A Wassie Eshete. 2013. A preliminary assessment of Ethiopian sacred grove status at the landscape and ecosystem scales. Diversity 5(2): 320-334. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/d5020320  PDF
  • Cardelús C, M Baimas-George, Lowman, M.D., and A Wassie Eshete. 2013. Church forest status and carbon sequestration in northern Ethiopia.Treetops at Risk Springer: 119-122. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_11 PDF
  • Devy S, T Ganesh, and Lowman, M.D. 2013. “Canopy-less” monitoring of biodiversity and climate change: signs of a leaky roof.Treetops at Risk Springer: 169-177.
  • Heatwole H, S Unsicker, and Lowman, M.D. 2013. Ontogeny of herbivory on leaves in a tropical rain forest in Madagascar. Treetops at Risk Springer: 295-305. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_29  PDF
  • Kaganovskiy L and Lowman, M.D. 2013. Modeling insect outbreaks in forest canopies: integration of virtual simulations with hands-on ecology for undergraduates. Treetops at Risk Springer: 341-352. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_34
  • Lewis OT, RM Ewers, Lowman, M.D., and Y Malhi. 2013. Conservation of tropical forests: maintaining ecological integrity and resilience. Key Topics in Conservation Biology 2 DW Macdonald & KJ Willis (eds.). John Wiley & Sons: 222-235. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118520178.ch13
  • Lowman, M.D. 2013*. Exploring the rain forest canopy by balloon. The Modern Explorers R Hanbury-Tenison & R Twigger, (eds.). Thames and Hudson.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2013*. Earth system environmental literacy. Earth System Monitoring J Orcutt (ed.). Springer: 107-121. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5684-1_6
  • Miller W, Lowman, M.D., and E McCord. 2013. In the canopy with wheelchairs: a model for teaching field biology. Treetops at Risk J Orcutt (ed.). Springer: 331-339. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_33
  • Reynolds J and Lowman, M.D., and E McCord. 2013. Promoting ecoliteracy through research service-learning and citizen science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(10): 565-566. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-11.10.565
  • Seidler R, KS Bawa, Lowman, M.D., and N Nadkarni. 2013. Forest canopies as Earth’s support systems: priorities for research and conservation. Treetops at Risk Springer: 55-70. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_4
  • Voirin B, R Kays, M Wikelski, and M Lowman. 2013. Why do sloths poop on the ground? IN: Treetops at Risk. Springer: 195-199. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_19
  • Lowman, M. D., T. Ganesh, and S. Devy. 2013. The Role of Scientific Conferences to Foster Conservation Solutions for Global Forests. IN: Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation, Springer Verlag. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_1 PDF
  • Newspaper column entitled: Nature’s Secrets (Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 2005 – on); over 80 public science newspaper feature articles on subjects ranging from climate change to local ecosystems.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2013. Hooking the public on science. Ecology, 94(4), 2013, pp. 981–982. PDF
  • Lowman, M. D., T. Ganesh, and S. Devy. 2013. “Canopy-Less” Monitoring of Biodiversity and Climate Change: Signs of a Leaky Roof. IN: Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation, Springer Verlag. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7161-5_17  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2012. North Carolina leverages funding for science education. Science 335: 1201.
  • Cardelus, C., M.D. Lowman and A. Wassie. 2012. Uniting church and science for conservation. Science 335: 915-917. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.335.6071.915 PDF
  • Beck, C., K. Klemow, J. Paulson, A. Bernstein, M. Lam, G. Middendorf, J. Reynolds, K. Belanger, C. Cardelus, C. Cid, S. Doshi, N. Garardo, L. Jablonski, H. Kimmel, M. Lowman, A. Macrae-Crerar, B. Pohlad, J. De Roode, C. Thomas. Add ecology to the pre-medical curriculum. Science 335: 1301. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.335.6074.1301-a
  • Caughlin, T. T., T. Ganesh and M.D. Lowman. 2012. Sacred fig trees promote frugivore visitation and tree seedling abundance in South India. Current Science Vol. 102 ( 6): 918-922. PDF
  • Yadvindar, M, R. Owen, M.D. Lowman and R. Ewer. 2012. Tropical rain forests – conservation and research interfaces as solutions for the future? IN: Key Topics in Tropical Biology, (ed. David McDonald).
  • Sergey G. Ermilov1, Neville N. Winchester, Margaret M. Lowman & Alemayehu Wassie. 2012. Two new species of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from Ethiopia, including a key to species of Pilobatella. Systematic & Applied Acarology 17(3): 301-317. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11158/saa.17.3.9 PDF
  • Hulcr J, A Latimer, J Henley, N Rountree, N Fierer, A Lucky, M Lowman, and R Dunn. 2012. A jungle in there: bacteria in belly buttons are highly diverse, but predictable. Plos One 7(11): e47712, pp. 1-6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0047712
  • Chandler, M., Bebber, D., Castro S., Lowman, M.D., Muoria, P., Oguge, N., Rubenstein, D. 2012. International citizen science: making the local global. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 328 –331. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/110283 PDF
  • M. D. Lowman. 2012. Science Statemanship. Science Magazine 336: 157 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.336.6078.157 PDF
  • Lowman M.D. 2011. Out on a limb: true confessions of a bug detective. IN: Chemical Biology of the Tropics. Elsevier Publishers: 87-96. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-19080-3_6
  • Lowman, M.D., Schowalter T. 2012. Plant science in forest canopies – the first 30 years of advances and challenges (1980–2010). New Phytologist 194(1): 12-27. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04076.x PDF
  • Stevenson, D., Lowman, M.D. 2011. Organized Oral Session 14 Ecology Education in 2020: Integrating New Technologies with Mother Nature. ESA Bulletin e-journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/0012-9623-92.4.420 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2011. Out on a limb – research in Australia’s forest canopies. Ecological Society of Australia 50th Anniversary Cameo Series. E-news.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2011. Sustainability education: Challenges of integrating virtual versus real nature in science education. Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (ed. R. A. Meyers). Springer Verlag.
  • Nadkarni, N., Parker, G., Lowman, M. 2011. Forest canopy studies as an emerging field of science. Annals of Forest Science (2011) 68:217-224. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13595-011-0046-6 PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 2010. CSI in Ethiopia: Children Survey Insects. North Carolina Naturalist 18 (2): 8-9.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2010. Finding Sanctuary – Saving the biodiversity of Ethiopia, one church forest at a time. The Explorers Journal Winter 2010: 26-31. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2010. Forest canopies – a scientific history. IN: D.K. Bhaskar, Amazonia – Perspectives of a Jungle. Fine Arts Publications, Savannah GA.
  • Lowman, M.D. and Mourad T. 2010. Bridging the divide between virtual and real nature. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 8(7): 339. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-8.7.339 PDF
  • Caughlin, T., Ganesh T., Lowman M.D. Submitted. Does human disturbance impact feeding tree choice by frugivorous birds and bats in South India? J. Urban Landscapes.
  • Nadkarni, N., Parker, G., Lowman, M. and Bawa K. 2010. Bibliometric assessment of canopy biology throughout its history. Bioscience (subm.)
  • Heatwole, H., Unsicker, S., Andriamiarisoa, L.R., Lowman, M.D. 2009. Vicissitudes of leaves in a tropical rain forest in Madagascar. Journal of Tropical Ecology 25(6): 615-624. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0266467409990277 PDF
  • Voirin, J. B., Kays, R. W., Lowman, M. D., and Wikelski, M. 2009. Evidence for Three-Toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) Predation by Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata). Edentata 8: 15-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1896/020.010.0113 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2009. Canopy research in the twenty-first century: a review of Arboreal Ecology. Tropical Ecology 50(1): 125-136. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., C. D’Avanzo, and C. Brewer. 2009. NEON – A National Ecological Network for Research and Education. Science 323(5918): 1172-1173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1166945PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and Randle DC. 2009. Ecological mentoring: inspiring future scientists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7: 119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295-7.3.119 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2009. A blueprint for Florida’s clean-energy future – case study of a regional government’s environmental strategy. Oxford University. Sustainability 1(2): 97-103. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su1020097 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2009. Canopy walkways for conservation – a tropical biologist’s panacea or fuzzy metrics to justify ecotourism? Biotropica 41(5): 545-548. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-7429.2009.00562.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2009. Forests in the Upper Heights. Chapter for “Forests” book published by America Natural, Mexico.
  • Heatwole. Unsicker H.S. Andriamiarisoa L.P. Lowman M.D. Submitted. The vicissitudes of leaves in a tropical rainforest in Madagascar. Biotropica. . PDF
  • Caughlin, T., Ganesh T., Lowman M.D. Submitted. Does human disturbance impact feeding tree choice by frugivorous birds and bats in South India? J. Urban Landscapes.
  • Lowman M.D. 2008. The “WoW” Factor – The science behind a safe home. Scene Magazine June/July 61.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2007. Out On a Limb – Exploration of Forest Canopies. In: They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club. 2007. The Lyons Press. Pp. 331-339.
  • Lowman, M.D. 2007. Exploring climate change – charting a new course for planet Earth. The Explorers Journal Fall 2007: 20-22.
  • D.C. Shaw, K.A. Ernest, H.B. Rinker, and M.D. Lowman. 2006. Stand-Level Herbivory in an Old-Growth Conifer Forest Canopy. 2006. Western North American Naturalist. 66(4): 473-481. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3398/1527-0904(2006)66[473:shiaoc]2.0.co;2 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2006. Fostering partnerships between regional government and ecology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Vol. 4, No. 10, pp.547-548. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295(2006)4[547:fpbrga]2.0.co;2 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2006. No child left indoors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 4(9): 451. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1890/1540-9295(2006)4[451:ncli]2.0.co;2 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2006. Out on a Limb. The Explorers Club Journal winter 2005-06: 24-30. PDF
  • Lowman MD. 2006. Turning point – Reading the leaves. New Scientist 191(2566): 49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0262-4079(06)60303-5
  • Lowman, M.D., C. Brewer and L. Huenneke. 2006. NEON – A Plan to Transform Science Education at a National Level. Science (submitted).
  • H.B. Rinker, M.D. Lowman, D.C. Shaw, and K.A. Ernest. 2006. Development of a novel method for assessing stand-level herbivory in forests. 2006. Newsletter of the International Canopy Network 12 (2): 4-6.
  • D. Shaw, K. Ernest, H.B. Rinker, and M.D. Lowman 2005. Protocols for measuring herbivory. Northwest Natural History (in press). PDF
  • M.D. Lowman 2004, J.H. Frank, et al. Invertebrate Animals Extracted From Native Tillandsia (BROMELIALES: BROMELIACEAE) In Sarasota County, Florida. Florida Entomologist 87(2): 176-185. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1653/0015-4040(2004)087[0176:iaefnt]2.0.co;2 PDF
  • M.D. Lowman 2004. Ecotourism and its impact on forest conservation. (http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/lowman.html)
  • M.D. Lowman 2004. Canopy conservation initiatives. Plant Talk 35: 45. PDF
  • M.D. Lowman 2004. Ecotourism and the treetops: IN: Forest Canopies. Elsevier Press, San Diego CA: 475-485. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-012457553-0/50032-0 PDF
  • M.D. Lowman. 2004. Tarzan or Jane? The history of canopy ecology. In: Forest Canopies, Elsevier Press, San Diego CA: 453-465. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-012457553-0/50030-7 PDF
  • H.B. Rinker and Lowman, M.D. 2004. Insect Herbivory in Tropical Forests. In: Forest Canopies, Elsevier Press. San Diego CA. pp. 359-386. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-012457553-0/50024-1 PDF
  • Burgess, J., E. Burgess, M.D. Lowman and thousands of Jason X school students. 2003. Observations of a Coleopteran herbivore on a bromeliad in the Peruvian Amazon. J. Brom. Society (in press). PDF
  • Bernard-Aloys Nkongmeneck, Lowman, M.D. and John T. Atwood. 2002. Epiphyte diversity in primary and fragmented forests of Cameroon, Central Africa: a preliminary survey. Selbyana 23(1): 121-130. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., Mark Hunter, Bruce Rinker, Tim Schowalter and Steve Conte. 2002. Canopy walkways – highways in the sky. In: The Global Canopy Handbook (eds. Andrew W. Mitchell, Katherine Secoy, Tobias Jackson) Techniques of Access and Study in the Forest Roof. Pp.35 -40. PDF
  • Burgess, J.B., E.A. Burgess, M.D. Lowman, and D.C. Randle. 2002. Water pollution in bromeliad tanks – an experimental approach Journal of The Bromeliad Society. 52(2): 58-62. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2001. Plants in the forest canopy: some reflections on current research and future direction. In: Tropical Forest Canopies: Ecology and Management. K.E.Linsenmair, A.J. Davis, B. Fiala, M.R. Speight (Eds.) Forestry Sciences (69): 39-50. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-3606-0_4  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., 2001. Curator of a Botanical Garden. In: Plant Sciences (edited by R. Robison). Vol.2. p:35-36. PDF
  • Rinker, H.B., M.D. Lowman, M.D. Hunter, T.D. Schowalter, and S.J. Fonte. 2001. Canopy herbivory and soil ecology – the top-down impact of forest processes. Selbyana 22(2): 225-231. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., 2001. Epiphytes. In: Plant Sciences. (Ed. R. Robinson). Volume 2:113-5. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., H. B. Rinker, M. D. Hunter, T. D. Schowalter and Steve Fonte. 2001. Canopy herbivory and soil processes in temperate and tropical forests. In: Tropical Ecosystems. (Edited by K.N. Gaenshaiah, R. Uma Shaanker and K. S. Bawa): 433. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2001. Plants in the forest canopy: some reflections on current research and future direction. Plant Ecology 153: 39-50. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 2000. Heat Futures in Australia’s Rain Forests. Earthwatch Institute. Pages 25-37. PDF
  • Grushka, M.M., J. Adams, M. Lowman, G. Lin, B.D.V. Marino. 1999. The Biosphere 2 canopy access system. Ecological Engineering 13: 313-320. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0925-8574(98)00107-4
  • Lowman, M.D., M. Brown, A. Desrosiers and D.C. Randle. 1999. Temporal Variation in herbivory of a Peruvian Bromeliad. Journal of The Bromeliad Society. 49: 81-83. PDF
  • Lowman,M.D., L. Downey, A. Farres and E. Mermin. 1999. Abundance and Mortality ofTwo Ephiphytic Tillandsias (Bromeliaceae) in a Florida Hammock. Journal of The Bromeliad Society 49:25-28. PDF
  • Preisser, E, D. Smith, and M.D. Lowman. 1999. Canopy and ground level insect distribution in a temperate forest. Selbyana 19(2):141-146. PDF
  • Grushka, M.M., J. Adams, M. Lowman, G. Lin, B.D.V. Marino. 1999. The Biosphere 2 canopy access system. In: Biosphere 2: Research Past and present. B.D.V. Marino and H.T. Odum (Eds.). Elsevier. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1998. Forest Canopies 1998: Global Perspectives. Selbyana 18(2): 1-3. PDF
  • Burgess, E., J. Burgess, and M. D. Lowman 1998. How Quickly do Bromeliads Decay? Journal of the Bromeliad Society 48:177-183. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1998. Canopy Research of Tropical Forests. Window on the Tropics 55:18-24. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1998. Leaf Toughness and the Use of a Penetrometer. Pp. 144-156 In: A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association).
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1998. Canopy Walkways. Pp. 186-189 In: A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association).
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1998. Artificial bromeliad tank experiments. Pp. 189-191 In: A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association).
  • Schowalter, T. and M.D. Lowman. 1998. Forest Herbivory: Insects In: Ecosystems of Disturbed Ground. Lawrence Walker, ed. Elsevier Press. PDF
  • Lowman M.D. and P.A. Morrow. 1998. Insects and their environment: plants. Pp. 267-290 In: Textbook Of Entomology. 4th Edition. Romoser W.S.and J.G. Stoffolano, Jr. (Eds.) Wm C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa. 532 pp. PDF
  • Heatwole, H., M.D. Lowman, C. Donovan, and M. McCoy. 1997. Phenology of leaf-flushing and macroarthropod abundances in canopies of Eucalyptus saplings. Selbyana 18(2): 200-214. PDF
  • Connell, J.H., M.D. Lowman and I. R. Noble. 1997. Subcanopy gaps in temperate and tropical forests. Australian Journal of Ecology 22: 163-168. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1997.tb00655.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1997. Herbivory in forests-from centimetres to megametres In: Forests and Insects. A.D. Watt, N.E. Stork and M.D. Hunter, eds. Chapman & Hall. pp. 136-149. PDF
  • Zapfack, L., Nkongmeneck, B-A., J.F. Villiers, and M.D. Lowman. 1996. The importance of Pteridophytes in the epiphytic flora of some phorophytes of the Cameroonian semi-deciduous rain forest. Selbyana 17: 76-81. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., R.L. Kitching, and G. Carruthers. 1996. Arthropod sampling in Australian subtropical rain forest: How accurate are some of the more common techniques? Selbyana 17: 36-42. PDF
  • Taylor, P. and M.D. Lowman. 1996. Vertical stratification of small mammals in a northern hardwood forest. Selbyana 17: 15-21. PDF
  • Rinker, H.B., M.D. Lowman and M. Moffett. 1995. Africa from the treetops. American Biology Teacher 57(7): 393-401. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/4450028 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1995. Linking systematics and ecology to promote conservation. Selbyana 16: 125-126. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and B. Bouricius. 1995. The construction of platforms and bridges for forest canopy access. Selbyana 16(2): 179-184. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. , F. Hallé, B. Bouricius, P. Coley, N. Nadkarni, G. Parker, K. Saterson, and J. Wright. 1995. What’s up? Perspectives from the first international forest canopy conference at Sarasota, Florida, 1994. Selbyana 16: 1-11. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1995. Herbivory in Australian forests – a comparison of dry sclerophyll and rain forest canopies. Proc. Linnean Society NSW 115: 77-88. PDF
  • Nadkarni, N. and M.D. Lowman. 1995. Canopy science: a summary of its role in research and education. In: Forest Canopies (M.D. Lowman & N. Nadkarni, eds.) Pp. 609-615. PDF
  • Ingram, Stephen W. and M.D. Lowman. 1995. The collection and preservation of plant material from the tropical forest canopy In: Forest Canopies (M.D. Lowman & N. Nadkarni, eds.) Pp. 587-602. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1995. Herbivory as a canopy process in rain forest trees. In: Forest Canopies (M.D. Lowman & N. Nadkarni, eds.) Pp. 431-452. PDF
  • Moffett, Mark and M.D. Lowman 1995. Canopy access techniques. In: Forest Canopies (M.D. Lowman & N. Nadkarni, eds.) Academic Press. Pp. 3-25. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and W. Linnerooth. 1995. Population dynamics of some native Florida epiphytes. II. Mortality after a storm. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 45: 15-18. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1994. What’s Up? Diversity 10: 36-37. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1994. Accessing forest canopies. American Orchid Society Bulletin 1252-55. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1994. Ecology of the rain forest canopy in Belize. Jason Report, Jason Foundation MA. PDF
  • Ballard, R.L., R.M. Levanthal, M.D. Lowman, T.E. Miller, G.M. Wellington. 1994. (curriculum content eds.) Jason Curriculum; The Belize Expedition Curriculum, Jason Foundation for Education. PDF
  • Kitching, R.L., J.M. Bergelson, M.D. Lowman and S. McIntyre. 1993. The biodiversity of arthropods from Australian rainforest canopies: General introduction, methods, sites, and ordinal results. Australian Journal of Ecology 18: 181-191. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1993.tb00442.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and S. Doblecki. 1993. Population dynamics of some native Florida epiphytes. Journal of the Bromeliad Society. 43: 175-177. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., M. Moffett, and H.B. Rinker. 1993. A new technique for taxonomic and ecological sampling in rain forest canopies. Selbyana 14: 75-79.
  • Lowman, M.D. and P.A. Morrow. 1993. Insects and their environment: Plants. In: Science of Entomology. 3rd Edition. A. Romoser, ed. (in press). PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and H.B. Rinker. 1993. John Trott: A Natural Guide. Bird Watcher’s Digest. 14: 110-112. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1993. Forest canopy research: New World, Old World comparisons. Selbyana 14: 1-2. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1993. Raft in the treetops. Newsletter American Association of Botanical Gardens. 220: 1-2. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D., M. Moffett, and H.B. Rinker. 1993. Sled Sweeping: A new technique for measuring insects in rain forest canopies. In: Biologie D’une Canopée De Forêt Equatoriale – II. F. Hallé and O. Pascal, eds. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and M. Moffett. 1993. The ecology of tropical rain forests canopies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 8(3): 104-107. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0169-5347(93)90061-s  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and H. Heatwole. 1993. Rural Dieback in Australia and Subsequent Landscape Amelioration. In: Forest Decline in the Atlantic And Pacific Regions. R. Huettl and D. Mueller-Dombois, (eds.) Springer-Verlag. Pp. 307-320. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-76995-5_24 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and H. Heatwole. 1992. Spatial and temporal variability in defoliation of Australian eucalypts and its consequence for the dieback syndrome. Ecology 73(1): 129-142. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/1938726  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1992. Leaf growth dynamics and herbivory in five species of Australian rain-forest canopy trees. Journal of Ecology. 80: 433-447. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2260689 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1992. Herbivory in Australian rain forests, with particular reference to the canopies of Doryphora sassafras (Monimiaceae). Proceedings of the 25th Silver Jubilee Symposium of the Organization for Tropical Studies. Biotropica 24(2b): 263-272. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2388521  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1991. The impact of herbivorous insects on Australian rain forest canopies. In: World Wildlife Fund, Volume III: Australian National Rainforest Study Report. G.L. Werren and A.P. Kershaw, (eds). Pp. 177-90. PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1991. The dieback crisis – tree declines throughout the world. Center for Environmental Studies Journal, Williams College. PDF
  • Burgess, A.D. and M.D. Lowman. 1990. The efficiency of salt blocks to supplement the diets of grazing herbivores. Sheep and Wool Technology 43: 87-90. PDF
  • Connell, J.H. and M.D. Lowman. 1989. Low-diversity tropical rain forests: some possible mechanisms for their existence. The American Naturalist 134(1): 88-119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/284967 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1988. Litter fall and leaf decay in three Australian rainforest formations. Journal of Ecology. 76: 451-465. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2260605 PDF
  • Heatwole, H. and M.D.Lowman. 1987. Dieback: Death of an Australian Landscape. In: If Atoms Could Talk. (Ed. R.Love) Greenhouse Publications. Pp.42-49. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D., A.D. Burgess, and W.D. Higgins. 1987. The biomass of New England peppermint (Eucalyptus nova-anglica) in relation to insect damage associated with rural dieback. Australian Journal of Ecology 12: 361-371. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1987.tb00956.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. and H. Heatwole. 1987. The impact of defoliating insects on the growth of eucalypt saplings. Australian Journal of Ecology. 12: 175-181. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1987.tb00938.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1987. Relationships between leaf growth and holes caused by herbivores. Australian Journal of Ecology 12: 189-191. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1987.tb00940.x  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1986. Light interception and its relation to structural differences in three Australian rainforest canopies. Australian Journal of Ecology 11: 163-170. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1986.tb01387.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1985. Insect Herbivory in Australian rain forests – is it higher than in the Neotropics? In: ESA Symposium Proceedings: Are Australian Ecosystems Different? Proc. Ecol. Soc. Aust. 14:109-119. PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1985. Temporal and spatial variability in insect grazing of the canopies of five Australian rain forest tree species. Australian Journal of Ecology 10: 7-24. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1985.tb00859.x PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1984. An assessment of techniques for measuring herbivory: Is rain forest defoliation more intense than we thought? Biotropica 16(4): 264-268. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2387934 PDF
  • Lowman., M.D. 1984. Grazing of Utetheisa pulchelloides larvae on its host plant, Argusia argentea, on coral cays of the Great Barrier Reef. Biotropica 16(1): 14-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.2307/2387888 PDF
  • Selman, B.J. & M.D. Lowman. 1983. The biology and herbivory rates of Novacastria nothofagi Selman (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a new genus and species on Nothofagus moorei in Australian temperate rain forests. Australian Journal of Zoology 31 :179-191. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/zo9830179  PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. & J.D. Box. 1983. Variation in leaf toughness and phenolic content among five species of Australian rain forest trees. Australian Journal of Ecology 8 :17-25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1983.tb01515.x PDF
  • * Lowman, M.D. 1983. Rain forest insects and their host plants. Biology in Action.
  • Lowman, M.D. 1982. The effects of different rates and methods of leaf area removal on rainforest seedlings of coachwood (Ceratopetalum apetalum). Australian Journal of Botany 30: 477-483. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1071/bt9820477 PDF
  • Lowman, M.D. 1982. Seasonal variations in insect abundance among three Australian rain forests, with particular reference to phytophagous types. Australian Journal of Ecology. 7: 353-361. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1982.tb01310.x PDF
(Note: Seventeen peer-reviewed publications were co-authored with undergraduate students, as a result of my undergraduate teaching opportunities at Williams College and New College.)