Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


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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Are church forests key to conservation in Ethiopia?

Article from Deutsche Welle (DW) that provides an excellent summary of TREE Foundation and Dr. Lowman’s conservation efforts in Ethiopia:
In the highlands of Ethiopia efforts are underway to protect the cultural and biological resources of an ancient landscape. The key to regeneration may be as old as the book

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Solar disinfection: an approach for low-cost household water treatment technology in Southwestern Ethiopia

Worku Legesse, Associate Researcher of the Tree Foundation, co-published the following article. The final version of the article has been published in the Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering.
The electronic version of this article can be found on the Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering

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