A view from the treetops

“Canopy” Meg Lowman talks about her trail-blazing journeys with a homemade harness into the treetops, the strange and unknown world of the rainforest canopy, and some of her recent work restoring forests in Ethiopia.

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Meg Lowman
Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman 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 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.


Samantha Larson
Samantha Larson is a master’s student in Earth systems at Stanford, with specialized emphases in ocean sciences and environmental journalism. She also likes to spend as much of her time as possible playing in the mountains, climbing on granite walls, or diving under the sea.

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