Billionaire Magazine, a quarterly print magazine for high net worth influencers and leaders, recently selected global forest champion “CanopyMeg” — Dr. Meg Lowman, Executive Director of the Sarasota-based TREE Foundation — for a feature in its online publication. In the June 19 article entitled “The Scientist Who Discovered ‘The Eighth Continent,'” Dr. Lowman discusses the tipping point for Earth’s forests, whether or not humans will continue their love affair with nature once the coronavirus pandemic subsides, and reveals her latest undertaking to save global forests — Mission Green. The article may be read in full at https://www.bllnr.com/philanthropy/the-scientist-who-discovered-the-eighth-continent.
Dr. Lowman is an increasingly recognized thought leader on issues of environmental justice and global sustainability through forest conversation. In April, Dr. Lowman was a featured Earth Day speaker for Arizona State University’s prestigious Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability speaker series. Dr. Lowman’s Earth Day essay, co-authored with famed oceanographer and marine activist Dr. Sylvia Earle, was also published in the opinion pages of the Miami Herald on April 22. In December 2019, the efforts by Dr. Lowman and the TREE Foundation to save the “church forests” of Ethiopia were highlighted in a short film, “What Makes a Church? A Tiny, Leafy Forest,” published by The New York Times as part of its award-winning Op-Docs (opinion documentary) series.
Dr. Margaret Lowman, known world-wide as “Canopy Meg” for her efforts to save global forests, is the visionary behind the creation of the canopy walkway in Florida’s Myakka River State Park. She is a global scientist and the Executive Director of the Sarasota-based TREE Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to tree and forest research, exploration, education, and conservation. A trailblazer in women’s involvement in the sciences, Dr. Lowman has made it a priority in her career to nurture female interest in STEM. Dr. Lowman has held visiting professor positions at universities across the globe and serves on the boards of several environmental justice nonprofit organizations. Locally, she was a professor for eight years at New College of Florida, and elevated plant conservation as a major focus for Selby Gardens while its director from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Lowman co-founded the TREE Foundation in 1999 in Sarasota, Florida.