Margaret (Meg) Lowman
ORG North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Title BIO In July 2010, Dr. Meg Lowman was named Director of the Nature Research Center, the Museum's new research-centric wing opening in early 2012. Lowman is internationally recognized for her pioneering research in forest canopy ecology, and often called the "mother of canopy research" as one of the first scientists to explore this "eighth continent." For 30 years, Canopy Meg has helped design hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration in an effort to solve the mysteries of the world's major rain forests -- Africa, Australia/Asia, and the Neotropics (including the Amazon). She relentlessly works to map the canopy for biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world. As Director of the Nature Research Center, Lowman oversees the new wing's research agenda, which includes supervising senior research staff; developing, directing, implementing and fundraising for all research programs of the NRC; and assisting with the integration of existing Museum programs within Center operations. She also provides leadership for the University of North Carolina system partnership as well as partnerships with varied research organizations in the State, Federal Government and private sector. Finally, she serves as primary advocate for the Center, promoting its mission to groups ranging from elementary classes to corporate executives to international conference attendees. In addition to her role as Director of the Nature Research Center, Lowman holds a joint appointment as a Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at NC State University, where she focuses on initiatives involving communicating science to the public. Lowman is an expert on herbivory -- the activity of insects eating plants -- and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and four books. Her upcoming book is the definitive textbook in the field, entitled "Forest Canopies." Her recent autobiography, "Life in the Treetops," received a cover review in the New York Times Sunday Book Review and many literary awards.