Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Name-a-Species auction for new Pygmy Borer with proceeds going to forest conservation

Hypothenemus n. sp.

Here is an incredible opportunity to name a newly discovered species of the Pygmy Borers bark beetles! We will be accepting bids for this name-a-species auction up until midnight on Friday, May 15th (EST). You may bid as many times as you like up until the conclusion of the auction. The proceeds from this auction will conserve forests of Ethiopia and train the next generation of conservation biologists!

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Forest conservation in Kenya

The Conservation of the Karungu Forest
The climate of Karungu is a semi-arid one with an elevation of about 1, 200 m (3, 900 ft) above sea level. The area experiences an average of 110mm of rain in a year. The rainy season is always short and

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California Academy of Sciences celebrates their 3 women scientists for International Women’s Day!

Dr. Meg Lowman, Chief of Science and Sustainability at the Academy, started out researching leaves, but when insects thwarted her work, she became fascinated.

Biodiversity is all around us, even in our homes, says Academy researcher and entomologist Michelle Trautwein.

Academy microbiologist Shannon Bennett discusses the importance of studying

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Researchers, locals work together to save Ethiopia’s ‘church forests’

Article published at by Heather D’Angelo on March 3, 2015 about Dr. Lowman’s work with forest conservation in Ethiopia.
Presenting a workshop on ecosystem services to a roomful of priests in Ethiopia may seem like an unlikely scenario for a conservation biologist to end up in, but

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Announcing new biodiversity project in Cameroon

Dr. Bernard Nkongmeneck speaks about the evolution of the Millennium Ecologic Museum, located in Cameroon, which is in its first construction stage. In order to make this project a success, he is gladly accepting donations.
The Millennium Ecological Museum is a training and research Centre for the conservation

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“Climb UP – How to Raise a Girl Scientist” – TEDx Livermore Talk by Dr. Meg Lowman

In this TEDx talk Dr. Lowman shares her journey as one of the pioneers of studying trees ‘where they live’ – in the canopy. Sharing her wisdom and humor in her pursuit of time management (balancing children and data), and setting trail for women scientists and global impact, this trail-blazing arbornaut informs and inspires as we work to meet the challenges of disappearing forests worldwide.

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“STEM: Women Are All Over It” Kickstarter Project

Love science? Want to wear a shirt covered in women? How about a shirt covered in some of the most notable women in STEM!

The list includes TREE Foundation CEO canopy scientist, Meg Lowman!
The full list of STEM women covering the shirt:

Ada Lovelace
Alice Ball
Annie Jump Cannon
Barbara McClintock

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Scientists, conservationists call for more inclusive efforts to save forests

A group convened by one of the world’s leading scientific institutions has issued a call for greater protection of primary forests and more inclusive approaches to conservation.
Last month the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco brought together 167 scientists, educators, civil society leaders, artists,

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CanopyMeg speaks to students in India about forests

Future canopy scientists of India? Through digital connectivity, CanopyMeg spoke to approximately 2000 students in India last night. Explorers and colleague Bhaskar Krishnamurthy master-minded a multiple school virtual assembly, and the students all lined up with questions about forests. Thrilling at both ends, and the kids asked

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You can name this newly discovered bark beetle

Cactopinus n. sp.

UPDATE: The winner of this species auction is “rhettbutleri” and was paid by an anonymous donor.
Here is an incredible opportunity to name a newly discovered species of bark beetle! We will be accepting bids for this name-a-species auction up until March 1st at midnight. You may bid

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