Berea College Welcomes Dr. Margaret Lowman

Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Rain Forest Exploration

Phelps-Stokes – 3:00 p.m., February 9, 2017

Dr. Margaret LowmanBerea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Dr. Margaret Lowman, Director of Global Initiatives, and Lindsay Chair of Botany at the California Academy of Sciences, as she discusses the connection of canopy exploration and forest conservation.

Dr. Lowman is a biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, and editor. Nicknamed “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. During the past 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. She relentlessly works to map the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world, gaining her start in the rain forests of Australia. Her passion for science has 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.

Lowman’s first book, Life in the Treetops received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. She received a BA in Biology from Williams College; MSc in Ecology from Aberdeen University; PhD in Botany from Sydney University; and a Diploma of Executive Management from Tuck School of Business. She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar to both India and Ethiopia.

During her, career Lowman has authored more than 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications. A former professor at North Carolina State University, Lowman was the founding director of North Carolina’s Nature Research Center at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

The convocation events, which are provided to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.