Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Encyclical Letter and the importance of church forest conservation


Below is commentary written by Ezana Habte-Gabr regarding the use of Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home“ to highlight the impact of humans on nature:
Little is known about Encyclical letters outside the ecclesiastic sphere of the Roman Catholic Church. The media […]

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Research Associate Worku Mulat Seeks Answers to Dwindling Church Forests in Ethiopia


Research Associate Worku Mulat returns from his Fulbright Scholarship in Ethiopia, where he seeks answers to the dwindling forest ecosystems of his home country. Read Worku’s post below.

The church is there; so are the priests, but where are the forests?
Nearly a decade ago, Saint Mary Orthodox church, […]

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Taiwan Explores and Celebrates Her Treetops


Article by Dr. Meg Lowman in the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute Newsletter:

In 2009, two young Taiwanese biologists arrived at my doorstep in Sarasota, Florida, determined to learn everything about the canopy walkway built in nearby Myakka River State Park. This unique treetop walk has not only inspired […]

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Go Conscious Earth campaign to provide safe drinking water to Democratic Republic of Condo


Godi Godar and Go Conscious Earth have spent much of the last couple years working to protect pristine rainforest on Lac Tumba in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
With the incredible support from people like you, we have saved one million acres!
Now we need to help the […]

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TREE Research Associate Bhaskar Krishnamurthy combines art and science for conservation in India


From The Hindu:
The best way to learn about a country and its culture is to live in the community and follow their daily life, and even better, photograph them to take stories back to friends at home. Students from American high schools have had several such experiences […]

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Amazonian Stories: Short Films and Anthropology


The Cofán people of the Ecuadorian Amazon have been heavily affected by oil exploitation and colonization over the last few decades, but have survived and are currently managing 1 million acres of rainforest. Julio Rodríguez, an Ecuadorian Anthropology student, will be making a series of films to […]

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WUSF’s Florida Matters: Highlights from “Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Syliva Earle and Meg Lowman”

Enchanted Earth

The Tampa Theatre recently hosted “Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Syliva Earle and Meg Lowman.” The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by was moderated by WUSF’s Susan Giles Wantuck.
This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. and […]

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“Trees are Like Mothers,” says Meg Lowman

Meg Lowman

A mother of two grown boys, Meg Lowman compares trees to mothers, “they have a great deal in common.”
“Trees are the heart of productivity of many ecosystems, just as mothers function as the biological center of birth and life, trees provide sustenance for their entire […]

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Support Biodiversity in Cameroon — new museum is announced!

MEM brochure

The Millennium Ecological Museum (MEM)’s vision is to preserve the biodiversity of Cameroon and the Congo basin for future generation by developing a multi-disciplinary research program.
See the brochure below for more info or visit MEM’s website at

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WUSF’s Steve Newborn talks with Margaret “Canopy Meg” Lowman [AUDIO]

Photo by Carlton Ward

WUSF’s Steve Newborn talks to Dr. Lowman about why canopies are a vital part of the earth’s ecology – and how women can succeed in science.
Margaret Lowman got her nickname of “Canopy Meg” at an early age, for her penchant for climbing trees. Pretty soon, […]

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