WINGS Fellow Meg Lowman joined the California Academy of Sciences


WINGS Fellow Meg Lowman joined the CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES  as its inaugural Chief of Science and Sustainability. She will be responsible for the Academy’s programs of scientific research and exploration as well as its programs addressing the challenge of sustaining life on Earth. 

Called the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years, she has worked relentlessly to map biodiversity in forest canopies and to champion forest conservation around the world, innovating new research methods and conservation strategies along the way. Her designs for hot-air balloons and treetop walkways are now used by scientists and students around the world who have joined Lowman in studying the little-known ecosystems that thrive high above the forest floor. And her creative approaches to fostering sustainability both at home and abroad, including her work with Coptic priests in Ethiopia to preserve some of the country’s last remaining forests, have garnered her a number of international awards.

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