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Margaret Lowman



  • Higher Ed: Science, Higher Ed: Education, Researcher 


Margaret D. Lowman, Ph.D. a.k.a. "Canopy Meg" is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor, and public speaker. Her expertise involves canopy ecology, canopy plant-insect relationships, and constructing canopy walkways.

Nicknamed the "Real-Life Lorax" by National Geographic and "Einstein of the Treetops" by the Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. She came to North Carolina as Director of the Nature Research Center for the Museum of Natural Science, but now serves as Senior Scientist for the entire Museum and research professor at NCSU's College of Sciences. For over 30 years, "Canopymeg" has solved mysteries of insect pests and ecosystem health in the highest layer of the world's forests, designing the tools of the trade- hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration- as she went. Her personal mantra is "no child left indoors." 


Science education; forest ecology and conservation; citizen science; women and minorities in science 


Treetops at Risk - by M. Lowman, T. Ganesh and S. Devy. 466 pgs. Springer Publishers 2013.

Forest Canopy Methods - by M. Lowman, T. Schowalter, and J. Franklin. 2012. University of California Press.