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. This unique rain forest, situated on an urban interface, will be proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Man and the Biosphere site, using the data collected by Lowman’s team. A large group of the California Academy curators will participate, as well as the host university, University Sains Malaysia in Penang.

Stay tuned for more information — but this video by Wendy Baxter of Berkeley sets the stage!