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Meg Lowman
Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by The Wall Street Journal, Dr. Margaret Lowman (aka "Canopy Meg") is a science writer and Chief of Science and Sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. She has authored more than 125 scientific papers and eight books, of which Life in the Treetops garnered a cover review in The New York Times Review of Books and received numerous awards. She pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health. Meg is affectionately called "the mother of canopy research," having been one of the first scientists to explore this "eighth continent." She relentlessly works to map the canopy for biodiversity, and to champion forest conservation around the world. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges and serves as a role model for women and minorities in science.

Entries by Meg Lowman

The Dawn Chorus--Nature's Best Symphony

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:26 PM

"As I come over the hill, I hear the wood thrush singing his evening lay. This is the only bird whose note affects me like music, affects the flow and tenor of my thoughts, my fancy and imagination. It lifts and exhilarates me.... It is a medicative draught to my...

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A Visit From a Science Rock Star

(3) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 4:43 PM

As thousands of festival-goers flock to Coachella over the next two weekends, rock stars are on many minds across the country. But here in San Francisco, I've been reflecting on a different kind of groupie-worthy icon -- the one and only E. O. Wilson, champion of conservation, father of sociobiology...

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From Cooking to Conservation: Women Take Action to Protect the Planet

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 11:01 AM

"It has probably become more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in armed conflict." -- Major General Patrick Cammaert, former UN Force Commander, 2008

On November 6, 2014, 238 scientists -- predominantly women -- signed a proclamation entitled "A call for inclusive conservation" in the prestigious, peer-reviewed journal...

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How to Raise a Woman Scientist

(11) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 12:43 PM

"Well behaved women rarely make history." -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Although things have changed considerably for women in the world of science since the brave and bold Marie Curie began paving the way, there are still far too few women pursuing science careers, including my own field of forest canopy...

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Taiwan Follows in the Scientific Footsteps of Florida State Park

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:32 AM

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: What foolishness! She's...

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A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist: The Itch-and-Scratch Complex

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 9:13 PM

"We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics."
--Bill Vaughan

I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist, focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relationships with plants in the...

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Bring Back the Night? Or Bring on the Light?

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:29 PM

"The nation behaves well if it treats natural resources as assets, which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.... Conservation means development as much as it does protection." -- Theodore Roosevelt

While some countries are struggling to gain access to electricity, others...

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Dispatch From Ethiopia: Curse of the Church Forests

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 5:27 PM

"The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now."
--African proverb

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...

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Let Your Kids Get Muddy Once in a While

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 6:12 PM

"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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