Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Congratulations Winners of the 2012 Student Award for the Appreciation for the Natural History of Insect Pests

Teddy Bear Beetle

Annual Student Award for the Appreciation for the Biology of Insect Pests
We are proud to announce the winners for the year 2012. Over 20 submissions were received from students all around the world, all works of great passion for insects, full of intriguing discoveries. The quality of

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E.O. Wilson’s Global Town Hall at the Nature Research Center on December 13

E.O. Wilson’s Global Town Hall
A discussion with one of the greatest scientists of our time

WHO: Edward O. Wilson: world-renowned Harvard biologist, mentor of generations of scientists, champion of environmental conservation, and
YOU: students, educators, scientists, conservationists, photographers, storytellers, and engaged inhabitants of planet earth.
WHAT: Join E.O. Wilson as

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Nine-year-old holds successful fundraiser for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation

fundraiser for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation at birthday party

Thanks go out to Grace for such a wonderful idea and to everyone that donated to the TREE Foundation for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation! Happy Birthday Grace!

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Dr. Lowman lecture at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia

Meg Lowman lecture in Ethiopia

“CanopyMeg” Lowman lectured at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia during early October, and is pictured here in dialogue with the science faculty discussing possible collaborative efforts between USA and Ethiopia. Issues of overlap include ecotourism, forest conservation, women in science, student exchanges, and use of virtual technologies

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New book: Methods in Forest Canopy Research

Methods in Forest Canopy Research by Margaret D. Lowman, Timothy D. Schowalter, and Jerry F. Franklin is now available for purchase!
Order Online at and for a 20% discount use source code 12M0402
(Discount only available on books shipped to North America, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.)

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Two new species of oribatid mites from Ethiopia

Sergey G. Ermilov1, Neville N. Winchester, Margaret M. Lowman & Alemayehu Wassie
2012. Two new species of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from Ethiopia, including a key to species of Pilobatella. Systematic & Applied Acarology 17(3): 000–000.
Two new oribatid mite species, Austrocarabodes (Uluguroides) kluttzi Ermilov, Winchester, Lowman & Wassie

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Guide Trainings in the Peruvian Amazon Hosted by TREE Foundation

DC Randle and naturalist guide Basilio Sahuarico

TREE Foundation teacher intern DC Randle offered Wildlife Conservation and Management trainings to the naturalists guides of Explorama Tours July 1 – 3, 2012 at Ceiba Tops Resort near Iquitos, Peru. The trainings were sponsored by the TREE Foundation and scheduled prior to the NC Museum

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Talk by Meg Lowman at Marine Lab Seminar Series [VIDEO]

On July 30, Dr. Meg Lowman was the distinguished speaker at the Marine Conservation Seminar Series 2012.
The full video of the talk is available here.
The Duke Marine Lab integrated marine conservation program teaches the principles of conservation and preservation of the coastal and oceanic environment. The

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Seek partner in tree project

A simple system to collect fruit from trees

Too simple to revolutionize fruit pickup?

This recent invention is only a wooden press that forces trees to develop a narrow spot in the basis of the trunk. The tree grows during years 2 to 5 until it is ready for fruit collection. When loosening the press,

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Water Conservation in the Amazon – Amazon Amigos Program Providing Clean Water To Villages

Amazon villager

Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink! Amazon Amigos and the Peruvian non-profit, CONAPAC, continue its partnership by bringing clean drinking water to the Amazon rainforest basin in Peru. Since 2008 when the first water plant was built, CONAPAC, with help from donors

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