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How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest

Dr. Meg Lowman continues to work on protecting the ancient forests in Ethiopia. Next month, Dr. Lowman plans to help a women’s monastery build a wall around their forest.
From insidescience.org:
In Ethiopia, churches may hold the key to protecting threatened species.
In the highlands of Ethiopia, California Academy of

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New Conservation Project in Malaysia

Dr. Meg Lowman is heading up a biodiversity survey in Penang, Malaysia with approximately 45 local and international scientists. Their mission is to tally the species living on Penang Hill, beloved by the citizens of Georgetown and within a 15 minute drive of approximately 2 million people.

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Summer 2017 REU program in Ethiopia – Now Accepting Applications

In Summer 2017, the REU Site at Colby College in Waterville, Maine will offer eight undergraduate students the chance to conduct path-breaking interdisciplinary research on the ecological, economic and cultural roles of church forests in Amhara, Ethiopia.
During the 8-week program (June 12-August 9), students will train at

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Ethiopian Church Forests – Opportunities and Challenges for Restoration

PhD thesis “Ethiopian Church Forests: Opportunities and Challenges for Restoration”
by Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete

General Introduction

Tropical dry forests are among the most exploited forest ecosystems of the world and have been increasingly fragmented (Cabin et al., 2002). The fragmentation results in small stands of forest bordered by open,

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A Chat with Canopy Meg

by Jenna Yonegaga
As an aspiring ecologist and rather nerdy science enthusiast, having the opportunity to meet Meg Lowman was a gift to me. Our class took a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, one of the largest and most prestigious natural history

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Conservation of the Ethiopian church forests: threats, opportunities and implications for their management

From the Science of The Total Environment, Volumes 551–552, 1 May 2016, Pages 404–414:
Abstract:
In the central and northern highlands of Ethiopia, native forest and forest biodiversity is almost confined to sacred groves associated with churches. Local communities rely on these ‘church forests’ for essential ecosystem services including

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Ethiopian conservation partner, Alemayehu Wassie, recognized for work in the church forests

CONGRATULATIONS to our Ethiopian conservation partner, Dr. Alemayehu Wassie, for his feature in this African Geographic article!  TREE is very proud to partner with this wonderful Ethiopian scientist!
From Africa Geographic Magazine:
Dr. Alemayehu Wassie – Forest Ecologist, Ethiopia
Alemayehu Wassie works in northern Ethiopia where most of the area’s

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Young girls dedicated to helping TREE’s sloth research program

These young girls have raised over $300 within their “Save the Sloths” group at school. They plan to continue to learn about sloths, educate others, and raise money to support sloth conservation.

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Amazon Rainforest Workshop – Summer 2017

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Travel as a Citizen Scientist to the Amazon with California Academy of Sciences and Dr. Meg Lowman, Director of Global Initiatives & Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation & Michelle Trautwein, Assistant Curator, Entomology. Dates: July 24 to Aug. 3, 2017 “This is a non-stop workshop full ofRead more

Fashion versus Function in the Canopy? Levi’s talk to CanopyMeg

In this article from Levi Strauss & Co., CanopyMeg is described as being a modern day pioneer who wears her Levi’s® in the rainforest treetops.
Dr. Meg Lowman is a woman of many titles; she is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor and public speaker. But of

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