Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 10, 2017

The “Real Lorax”, Dr. Meg Lowman-“Einstein Of The TreeTops”- Talks Canopy Ecology With Host Brenda Starr

Author, Adventurer, Educator, Tropical Rainforest Canopy Biologist DR. MEG LOWMAN

For over 30 years, Dr. Meg LowmanCanopy Meg, 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 as 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 to women and minorities in science.

Dr. Lowman is currently Senior Scientist & Lindsay Chair of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences. She leads their twenty-first century strategy that integrates research with sustainability initiatives both local and global. As the external voice for the Academy’s collections and research, she promotes its mission to groups ranging from elementary classes to corporate executives to international conferences. Dr. Lowman’s academic leadership has included Vice President of the Ecological Society of America; Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation; founder of the TREE Foundation; Board of Directors for The Explorers Club and Earthwatch and Climate Change Adviser. Previously, she served as Director of Environmental Initiatives at New College of Florida, CEO of The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at Williams College.

Meg is Founder & Executive Director of  TREE –Tree Research, Exploration & Education Foundation. The Foundation is involved in local and global projects that advance the conservation of our planet’s botanical resources and ecosystems dependent upon them.  TREE Projects include: Amazon and Malaysian Expeditions, Church Forests of Ethiopia, Myakka Walkway, Canopy Explorers-Wheelchairs & Waterbears, and JASON X

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On a Malaysia Rainforest Expedition with JASON Learning Students. In 1989, Dr. Robert Ballard founded the JASON Project, a distance education program designed to excite and engage middle school students in science and technology.

Come climb a tree, see some monkeys, discover some new species, learn how scientists explore tropical rainforests and maybe you too will grow up to become a scientist someday


Some of Dr. Lowman’s BOOKS include:

Life in the Treetops


FOREST Canopies

It’s A Jungle Up There

Beza is the story of an Ethiopian girl who is helping to conserve the last forests and biodiversity of northern Ethiopia. BEZA not only inspires girls to pursue science, but she also illustrates the power of kids to seek global solutions. Written by Meg and Ethiopian colleague Dr. Worku Mulat, BEZA is introducing books to children of Ethiopia.  


For more information about  DR. MEG LOWMAN and TREE FOUNDATION visit:


To listen to and/or download this conversation click the following link: 20001_TTEOW 7-10_program




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