Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Alternative Practicum Canopy Climb

Draft Porposal for Alternative Practicum Canopy Climb

Click on the image below to access a Prezi presentation tour by Ian Lawford of his draft proposal for alternative practicum canopy climb:

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Tree Climbing Training for Researchers

Tree Climbing Planet

Tree Climbing Planet Overview
Tree Climbing Planet offers a variety of courses and adventures focusing on technical tree climbing techniques to explore our planet’s rooftop. Our distinctive courses provide participants with in-depth, hands-on learning skills that deliver the confidence needed to go out and climb wild trees on

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Five Questions with Canopy Meg

Meg Lowman in trees

From The Abstract:
Meg Lowman is the director of the Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and a research professor at NC State. She has conquered the canopy of the rainforest, and opened up an entirely new world to scientific discovery. She’s just published

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European storks roosting in Ethiopian church forests

The Max Planck Institute, under the leadership of scientist Dr. Martin Wikelski, has mapped the migration of European storks. Some of the radio-collared birds have roosted in our Ethiopian church forests! This amazing discovery means that church forests not only conserve African biodiversity, but play an important

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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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