Conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems


Saving the Church Forests of Ethiopia

Dr. Lowman talks about her recent project involving the church forests of Ethiopia:
One of my most recent projects involved global conservation of African forests. During January, I traveled to Bahir Dar, Ethiopia,a center of the Coptic or Christian Orthodox churches in this proud country. Working with the

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Building a better tree house

From Herald-Tribune:
The beautiful Casey Key home of Henry and Susanne Rodriguez was the perfect setting for an intimate and fun party to celebrate the launch of the TREE Foundation, with president Gerri Aaron and executive director Dr. Meg Lowman.
The dynamic duo shared their plans to build an

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New ecology education project: “A TREEhouse for Every Child….”

TREE Foundation is proud to announce a new project linking kids to nature for Southwest Florida. The TREE treehouse will be built at Crowley Nature Reserve (exit on Fruitville Road off Interstate 75) as soon as the fund-raising is completed. This “kids-dream-come-true” will feature natural materials, an

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Two Women: Two Extraordinary Scientists with Meg Lowman, March 24

From New College News:
Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Initiatives at New College Meg Lowman, a.k.a. “Canopy Meg,” will speak at United Nations Association, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter, on March 24 at 6:00 pm. Professor Lowman will be joined by Dr. Eugenie “the Shark Lady” Clark.

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Herbivory – Using Leaf Damage to Teach Students about Statistics and Experimental Design

The data was collected from a single Eucalyptus tree in the early 80s by Margaret Lowman in conjunction with an Earthwatch expedition. The leaves were gathered from the top down with the aid of a cherry picker, bagged, weighed, and sorted. Since all of the leaves were

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Dr. Meg Lowman to Speak at VAAS Dinner on March 15th, 2009

From the Venice Area Audubon Society:
Dr. Meg Lowman to Speak at VAAS Dinner
Topic: Conservation for the Next Generation
The Venice Area Audubon Society is privileged to have the renowned scientist Dr. Meg Lowman speak at the VAAS fundraising dinner Sunday, March 15th at 5:00 PM at the

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Acclaimed Filmmaker Randy Olson to Screen “Sizzle” at New College, March 17

From New College News:
Sarasota, FL, March 4, 2009 — New College of Florida invites you to “feel the heat” on March 17, when the College welcomes Harvard-trained marine biologist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson to campus for a special discussion and showing of his latest movie, Sizzle: A Global Warming

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Reptile bounty hunters

From Herald-Tribune:
New College of Florida students spent an afternoon tramping through the tall grass and undergrowth of Red Bug Slough Preserve on Wednesday, trying to figure out the best way to flush out monitor lizards and Burmese pythons.

Public sightings of invasive reptiles have increased recently. Meg Lowman,

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Tim Berra talk at New College – “Charles Darwin at 200” – 2/4/09 at 7 PM

The Joel and Ellen Fedder Lecture Series of the TREE Foundation presents: “Charles Darwin at 200: The Concise Story of An Extraordinary Man” by Tim Berra
On Wednesday, February 4, 2009, New College will host the third lecture in the New Topics series. Professor Tim Berra, professor

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How to Identify Invasive Reptiles in SW Florida

How to Identify Invasive Reptiles in SW Florida Power Point slideshow compiled by Ecology students at New College of Florida.
Invasive reptiles covered in this guide:

Black Spiny-Tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura similis)
Brown Basilisk (Basiliscus vittatis)
Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus or Varanus niloticus ornatus)
Savannah Monitor

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