Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems

RESEARCH

Assessing Sacred Forests in Ethiopia, India and elsewhere

Article written by Dr. Lowman and Palatty Allesh Sinu in BioScience:
Increasing degradation of tropical forests prompts the consideration of unconventional ideas to promote conservation. In his recent book, E. O. Wilson advocates conserving half of the planet for one species (Homo sapiens) and the other half for

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Promoting Conservation Through Literature: The Story of Beza

Beza, Who Saved the Forests of Ethiopia, One Church at a Time – A Conservation Story is a wonderful story to help bring this message into school and to educate children about the importance of conservation in an accessible way. Promoting conservation through literature is one of the easiest and most important ways that we can create a dialogue with young people about the often abstract and difficult concept of what conservation really means to them.

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3D image of Ethiopian church forest insect

Enjoy this cool critter, in the family Scutelleridae.
Via Josh Martin:

We nick-named this one “Punisher Beetle”, but 1) that’s not it’s name, and 2) it’s not a beetle, it’s a Hemipteran. I think it’s in the Scutelleridae (shield-backed bugs) family.

Punisher Beetle
by Tanner Boucher
on Sketchfab

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Last Chance to Join an Amazon Expedition to the World’s Longest Canopy Walkway

The Amazon expedition to the world’s longest canopy walkway starts on July 24th! The team of citizen scientists will work with DC Randle and CanopyMeg to make new discoveries in the rain forest treetops of Amazonian Peru. It isn’t too late to reserve a spot for this

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The faster, fiercer, and always surprising sloth, an interview with Bryson Voirin

From Mongabay.com:
Sloths sleep all day; they are always slow; and they are gentle animals. These are just some of the popular misconceptions that sloth-scientist and expert tree-climber, Bryson Voirin, is overturning. After growing up among the wild creatures of Florida, spending his high school years in Germany,

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Join Meg Lowman In The Exciting Malaysia Rainforest Expedition!

You Too Can Be A Part Of This Wild and Fascinating Virtual Experience!
“I hope you tune in! Come October, Jason learning will be live in Malaysia. Come and climb a tree, see some monkeys, discover some new species, learn how scientists explore tropical rainforests and maybe you

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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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