Meg Lowman on her ‘Life in the Treetops’ and Women in Science

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Meg Lowman has spent so much time in the rainforest canopy that she has earned the nickname 'Canopy Meg.'  (Photo: Rob Nelson)

Meg Lowman has spent her life climbing trees. Wearing a helmet and harness, Meg will often scale 200 feet above the ground, exploring the canopies of trees where she says half the planet’s biodiversity lives. She’s been doing this work for decades earning her the nickname, "Canopy Meg." But growing up in the 1960s, Lowman says she was often the only girl in science class and later one of the few working scientists bringing her children on research expeditions. Lowman joins us to talk about her life exploring the forest canopies, the hurdles she encountered as a single mother and how she encourages women around the globe to pursue careers in science.


Meg Lowman, director of Global Initiatives, Lindsay Chair of Botany and senior scientist in plant conservation, California Academy of Sciences; author, "Life in the Treetops"