Award-winning Explorer Dr. Margaret Lowman to Speak at CU Wednesday, November 28

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Oct 29 2007

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Award-winning Explorer Dr. Margaret Lowman to Speak at CU Wednesday, November 28

Athens, W.Va. – The Concord University Artist Lecture Series will host Dr. Margaret Lowman Wednesday, November 28 at 1 p.m. in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. She will speak on her experiences working in the rain forests.

Lowman is the director of environmental initiatives and professor of biology and environmental studies at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Fla. She is a pioneer in the field of tree canopy biology and her expertise relates to plant-insect relationships. Better known as “Canopy Meg,” she was instrumental in developing ways for researchers to reach the top of the rain forests, including the use of hot air balloons, ropes, walkways and construction cranes. Her work has taken her to Cameroon, Peru, Belize, Samoa, Panama and Australia.

Lowman has received many awards, including, the Margaret Douglas Medal for Achievement in Conservation Education from the Garden Club of America, the Eugene Odum Prize for Excellence in Ecology Education from the Ecological Society of America, the Lowell Thomas Medal from the Explorers Club for her canopy discoveries, and the Mendel Medal for Achievements in Science. She was elected to Leadership Florida, and is part of the senior management team of NEON for the National Science Foundation. Lowman co-chaired the first and second International Conferences on Forest Canopies, and was chief scientist for the Jason Project in Education. She has authored over 95 peer reviewed publications and three books.

The New York Times book review says, “With a wonderfully plain-spoken approach, based on nature appreciation, scientific observation and unpompous explanation, Lowman engages the envirophiles among us. Her book Life in the Treetops admirably shows that a woman who is unwilling to accept impossibility can not only rock the cradle, she can carry her cradle into the treetops of the rain forest – and rock the tree.” Her latest book, It’s a Jungle up There: More Tales from the Treetops, is co-authored with her sons Edward and James Burgess, who add a personal view on how their mother’s career and their interesting family life flourished.

This event is free to the public. For more information, contact the Concord University Box Office at 1-304-384-5101 or


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This press release was written by Concord University student Sarah Pell of Princeton, W.Va.