Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Millennium Ecologic Museum opens in Cameroon, Africa

MEM Team with Money Gram receipt

Millennium Ecologic Museum in Cameroon, Africa opens its doors in January 2016!!! We are excited to partner with Dr. Bernard Nkongmeneck on this important biodiversity conservation museum for his country. Congratulations, Bernard!!!

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Women in Science Summit on January 28 to spotlight diversity


LIVE STREAM of WOMEN in Science Summit 2016 #SciWomen16

via University of California Santa Cruz:
A Women in Science Summit co-sponsored by the UCSC Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will take place on Thursday, January 28, at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The event is […]

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Gross National Happiness — Bhutan’s Innovative Metric for Good Governance

Meg Lowman, currently Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, pioneered the science of canopy ecology.

The leadership of Bhutan recognizes that one way to ensure the future of GNH — along with its unique value system — is prioritizing access to the natural world for all citizens. Green plants and healthy ecosystems are inextricably linked to human health, a vital part of gross national happiness, and are protected in Bhutan’s environmentally conscious constitution. (Of note, a key drawback to America’s GDP is that it does not measure the value of healthy ecosystems, known as natural capital.) Recently, the King of Bhutan launched a program to protect natural areas, especially national parks. Royal Manas National Park will feature an innovative construction called BATS (Bhutan Aerial Trail System) that entails a massive canopy walkway complex that includes a treetop scientific research station. An international team will work together to develop one of the world’s largest canopy walkway systems to jumpstart research on Bhutan’s biodiversity, but also to infuse a big dose of gross happiness into the fabric of Bhutan’s landscape.

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NSF undergraduate students turn summer research into thesis project

NSF undergraduate students turn summer research into thesis project

NSF undergraduate students Janice and Jacob turned their summer research into thesis projects. They worked inside the beautiful new conservation walls constructed at Goha church forest, thanks to a unique partnership of local Coptic priests and TREE Foundation.

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Beza Books Given Out to Kids in Ethiopia

Dr. Meg Lowman giving out Beza books to local Ethiopian children.

For every English version of Beza sold one copy was distributed FREE in Amharic to an Ethiopian child!
Thank you to those of you who purchased this book which is helping us conserve Ethiopia’s forests, as well as educate the next generation about the importance of their natural […]

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Ghost sharks, Dracula ants, and other new species of 2015


Dr. Lowman is quoted in this article from regarding the dozens of new species that have been discovered in 2015.
The far reaches of the globe still hold many secrets, but this year scientists discovered a few more of them: dozens of new species of animals, plants […]

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Questions about Tardigrades from the Higgins Family


The Higgins family e-mailed us to ask some questions about Tardigrades. Alex Young, a recent graduate at Lewis & Clark College who discovered a new species of tardigrade in 2014, provided some answers to these thoughtful questions.
Below are the questions submitted by the Higgins family and the […]

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Interview with Dr. Lowman on Discovery News about Tardigrades


From Discovery News, Dr. Meg Lowman talks about the amazing creatures known as Tardigrades. These “water bears” can survive in extreme weather, breed in space, and it was recently discovered that they contain foreign DNA.

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In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs 2016

Ascending into the canopy, with Snousha Glaude.

In the Canopy with Water Bears and Wheelchairs
June 1 – August 9, 2016
with W.R. Millerand, PI and M. D. Lowman, Co-PI
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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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