Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 REU in Ethiopia program


Applications are now being accepted for students to participate in the Summer 2016 NSF site-based REU program at Colby College and in South Gondar, Ethiopia.
We are now accepting applications for a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and South Gondar, Ethiopia. This […]

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Biodiversity goes to extremes

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Biodiversity goes to extremes — my son, James Burgess, CEO of Open Biome, is trying to track 2 billion things in our intestines, while I am still struggling with a few million insects in the canopy. What a testament to the times! – Meg Lowman
From the New York […]

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Amazing video tour of the Myakka Canopy Walkway


This Canopy Walkway is located just outside of Sarasota, FL in Myakka River State Park. The walkway is suspended 25 feet above the ground and extends 85 feet through the hammock canopy. A tower soars 74 feet in the air to present a spectacular view of treetops, […]

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Drones used for good: catching poachers and mosquitoes


Bryson Voirin, a long-standing TREE Foundation research associate who has devoted much of his research career to sloth ecology, has written this article about how drones are being used for research and conservation efforts around the world.
From the San Franciso Chronicle:
Ask the average passerby what he or […]

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Student award “Appreciation for the Natural History of Insect Pests” 2015


The award: $500 awarded annually to one recipient.
Who is eligible: University students regardless of their geographic location.
Due date: December 31st 2015
Selection criteria and conditions: The committee will award $500 to the student who in the given year has published the most interesting and inspiring research paper on […]

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How Indian ecologists are finding unknown treasures hidden in the canopies of trees


Walking into a forest is probably one of the most immersive ecological experiences. It isn’t like walking into any other landscape like a mountain or a desert, both of which introduce their marvels at a deliberate pace. When you step into a forest, it is almost as if the edge zips shut behind you. The trees sieve the bright sunlight into twinkling stars, the soggy ground softens your step and the foliage pushes against the world outside.

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The Wise Man Built His House Among the Trees

The Wise Man Built His House…Among the Trees
Klaus DeBoer, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
Summer 2015 REU Site: Undergraduate Research into the Cultural, Economic and Ecological Significance
of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia (
Earlier this year, I applied for a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) […]

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Eye On The Environment: Drones for Conservation event at California Academy of Sciences on Sept. 17


New Technologies in Forest Conservation! The California Academy of Sciences will host Eye on the Environment: Drones for Conservation in San Francisco on September 17, 2015! Enjoy!

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Rebecca’s Amazon Adventure


As our plane began its descent toward Iquitos, Peru, I knew I was in for the adventure of a lifetime. I had been anxiously awaiting this trip – my very first international flight – for the past several months, but nothing could prepare me for what I […]

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Amazon Rain Forest Expedition – July 2015 – Photo Gallery and Memories


Rebecca Tripp’s memories and photo gallery from the recent Amazon rain forest expedition in Peru, July 2015:
I had such an amazing time in Peru! So many thanks to everyone who made this incredible experience possible – the incomparable “real-life Lorax” Dr. Meg Lowman, TREE Foundation, EcoTeach, Amazon […]

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