Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


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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Fifth graders skype with Dr. Meg Lowman

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Ann Mahon, 5th grade Language Arts teacher at Fonda-Fultonville Central School, writes the following:
Upstate New York 5th graders at Fonda-Fultonville Central School in Mrs. Mahon’s and Mrs. Berberich’s Language Arts Classes recently SKYPED with Dr. Meg Lowman!
After reading Kathryn Lasky’s book The Most Beautiful Roof in the

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Botanist Margaret Lowman urges children to muddy their boots

Meg Lowman

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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Update on Ethiopia church forest sites

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Alemayehu provides this update on the church forest sites:
1. Group 1: Already started projects Woji and Debresena. This is still in progress.
2. Group 2: New sites: Wonchet (The priest who requested repeatedly around Zhara) has started stone collection. Another is named Goha Mariam which has already started

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Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue


“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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The Wood from the Trees – How musicians can influence the future of the planet

The Wood from the Trees _ The Journal of Music

From The Journal of Music:
On the previous weekend in Paris, the composer Nick Roth was putting the finishing touches to a new work for string orchestra. The culmination of a three-month residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, as well as many months of research and correspondence prior

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Delegates for the Canopy Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan


Delegates for the Canopy Symposium in Taipei, Taiwan, to launch the official emergence of this discipline in this Pacific Rim country!

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Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While


“To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
–Helen Keller
As a child, I loved the natural world. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in a small town in upstate New York where the

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Dr. Lowman’s keynote talk at the Taiwan Canopy Symposium

Figure 3 (left). Canopy walkway with tree support in Amazonian Peru

Life in the Treetops – Exploration of the World’s Canopies
by Dr. “CanopyMeg” Lowman
Chief of Science and Sustainability, California Academy of Sciences, USA | |
Chinese version:
English version:
Our ancestors were tree dwellers. Throughout human history, people have taken to the trees as safe havens, sites of special

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New canopy walkway in Taiwan features a motorized ascent


The new canopy walkway in Shei-Pa National Park in Taiwan features a motorized ascent. WOW — a very elegant and easy ascent for all the VIP guests who came to celebrate this great canopy research site on the Pacific Rim!
Both fun and also a great canopy with

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