Margaret D. Lowman, PhD
California Academy of Sciences
Advisor: Field Sciences
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. Meg is affectionately called the mother of canopy research as one of the first scientists to explore this eighth continent and extreme environment. Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges and serves as a role model to women and minorities in science.
Formerly a Professor at North Carolina State University and the founding director of North Carolina's innovative Nature Research Center (NRC), Lowman uses innovative education to inspire women and minorities in STEM. Nicknamed “Canopy Meg,” Lowman partnered with Bob Ballard (of Titanic fame), serving as chief scientist for the Jason Project, taking millions of middle school students virtually into tropical rain forest canopies via satellite telecommunication. Her first book about her (mis)adventures as a woman in science, “Life in the Treetops,” received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her mantra is “no child left indoors.”