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Awesome Jobs: Meet Meg Lowman, Tree Canopy Biologist

Article written by Erin Biba from www.tested.com:
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

From Sciencedaily.com:
“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 calacademy.org:
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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