August 9, 2021
The treetops of the world’s forests remained one of the great unexplored habitats on earth until the end of the 20th Century. That was when tonight’s guest and a handful of other canopy explorers devised ways for biologists to study the crowns of these forests, sometimes at heights of 150 feet or more. But first, they had to get up there, which was no mean feat. MEG LOWMAN, Ph.D., aka “Canopy Meg” is a biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor, and public speaker. Her new book is an amazing memoir of how she figured out how to get up to the forest tops and what she found there is THE ARBONAUT: A LIFE DISCOVERING THE EIGHTH CONTINENT IN THE TREES ABOVE US. This is an inspiring book for any young woman considering a career in the biological sciences and encourages all of us to become “citizen scientists” that are stewards of big trees.