Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Tardigradia – The Wild Little World

Incredible animated video featuring a tardigrade:

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REU student schedule – August 4-10

Below is the latest tardigrade workshop schedule for REU Canopy Explorers during August 4-10:

REU Student Schedule – August 4-10, 2013

MNS staff

Sunday 4 Aug 13

3:26 PM
Arrive in Raleigh, Check-in Clarion
Meg, Cindy

6:00 PM
dinner at 518

Monday 5 Aug 13

Science Communication Workshop
David Kroll, Brian Malow, Paige Brown
NRC 4th Floor classroom


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Update on Woji and Debresena church forests in Ethiopia

Woji church forest now has walls. In 2013, the local people worked with their priests to make a conservation wall around this forest. TREE Foundation made a donation to the church to thank them for their stewardship.
Alemayehu provides this update:
The last three days I was out for

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Treetops at Risk: Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation

Treetops at Risk
Challenges of Global Canopy Ecology and Conservation
M. Lowman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA; S. Devy, Ashoka Trust for
Research in Ecology and, Bangalore, India; T. Ganesh, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology
and, Bangalore, India (Eds.)
2013, XIX, 444 p. 100 illus., 78 illus. in color.
Treetops at

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REU Canopy Explorer Testimonial – Rebecca Tripp

Rebecca Tripp’s testimonial, with photos, about choosing and participating in the REU Canopy summer research program:
Growing up on the rugged coast of Maine, with mountains, fields, forests and wildlife around every turn, I developed a deep love of nature at a very young age, and a strong

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Photos from Go Conscious Earth project

Some photos sent from Kinshasa who is working to preserve the rainforest in the Lac Tumba region of the Congo via the Go Conscious Earth project:

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Williams College student is excited about NSF REU summer program

Anna writes:
I’m a rising junior at Williams College, in Massachusetts, where I’m majoring in Math and Chemistry. I love studying plants and am fascinated by the symbiotic relationships between the flora and fauna that surround us. Through this summer experience, I look forward to

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Carlton Ward Jr. at New College of Florida on Nov. 21 2013

SAVE THIS DATE — Thursday November 21 – 5 PM at Sainer Auditorium on New College campus. Fedder Environmental Lecture sponsored by TREE Foundation as part of NEW COLLEGE Hot Topics lectures. Speaker is Carlton Ward Jr and title is “Journey into the Heart of Florida.” Carlton

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Colby College survey of church forests in northeastern Ethiopia

Church Forests of Ethiopia
The highlands of Northern Ethiopia have suffered from intense deforestation for decades (Wassie et al., 2010). What little indigenous forest remains persists in “church forests”: small forests encircling the thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox churches spread throughout the countryside. Church forests are sacred places for

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Zarith Sofiah Wildlife Defenders Challenge 2013 for Students in Malaysia

Twelve students and four teachers will be selected from a national competition by Her Royal Highness of Johor, Malaysia, and the winners of this environmental essay/action challenge will be a free trip to visit CanopyMeg and the Nature Research Center in Raleigh North Carolina. Stay tuned, as

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