Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Awesome Jobs: Meet Meg Lowman, Tree Canopy Biologist

Article written by Erin Biba from
Meg Lowman’s head is in the trees. She’s a botanist and the Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Lowman was one of the first scientists to climb a tree in the name of

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Is Our Future in the Treetops?

While some park officials, hoping to compete with video games and iPods, recommend fighting electronics with electronics, Canopy Meg offers a different approach, a more direct route to our roots–or, rather, to our branches: Canopy Walkways.
In this article author, Richard Louv, talks about the importance of tree

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Taiwan Follows in the Scientific Footsteps of Florida State Park

Sometimes I spend all day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this, I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from their point of view, it’s reasonable that my friends say:

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Put the Muse Back in Museums

California Academy of Sciences

Article written by Dr. Lowman in the Scientific American (SA Forum):
Science museums should recruit the public in confronting the planet’s toughest challenges.
When I was in graduate school studying ecology during the 1980s, we all shared a conviction to make the world a better place. Oh, the power

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Botanist Margaret Lowman urges children to muddy their boots

Article from The Sydney Morning Herald:
Unlike other botanists who plant their feet in the dirt, Dr Margaret Lowman pursues high adventure. The so-called ‘‘mother of canopy research’’ has designed walkways and hot-air balloons for the purpose, becoming a legend in the process – another of her nicknames

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Collecting biological specimens essential to science and conservation, experts argue

“Collecting plant and animal specimens is essential for scientific studies and conservation and does not, as some critics of the practice have suggested, play a significant role in species extinctions.”
Those are the conclusions of more than 100 biologists and biodiversity researchers who signed a letter to

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The Wood from the Trees – How musicians can influence the future of the planet

From The Journal of Music:
On the previous weekend in Paris, the composer Nick Roth was putting the finishing touches to a new work for string orchestra. The culmination of a three-month residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, as well as many months of research and correspondence prior

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Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

“To me, a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.”
–Helen Keller
As a child, I loved the natural world. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in a small town in upstate New York where the

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Google Maps, Canopy Climber Save Dry Ethiopia’s Church Forests

Bloomberg Businessweek interview with Dr. Meg Lowman regarding the church forests in Ethiopia. Article written by Manuela Hoelterhoff in Bloomberg News:
Conservation biologist Margaret D. Lowman spends a lot of time balancing at the top of trees. To get there, she’s designed hot air balloons and travels the

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Dispatch from Ethiopia: Curse of the Church Forests

Dr. Lowman’s article originally posted in
I’m swallowing mouthfuls of dust each day driving long distances through a landscape parched by East Africa’s annual dry season. The majority of roads are not only dusty; they’re unbelievably rough, and our four-wheel-drive’s dysfunctional shock absorbers subject us to a

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