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Tree Canopy Pioneer to Speak at Commencement

Posted: March 7, 2014

Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman — a pioneer of the science of tree canopy ecology — will address the senior class at the 144th annual Wilson College Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 7, 2014
CONTACT: Cathy Mentzer, Manager of Media Relations
Phone: 717-262-2604
Email: cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by the Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman — a pioneer of the science of tree canopy ecology — will address the senior class at the 144th annual Wilson College Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

Affectionately called “the mother of canopy research,” Lowman works relentlessly to champion forest conservation around the world and to map the canopy for biodiversity. 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.

Lowman is inaugural chief of science and sustainability at the California Academy of Sciences, where she leads the academy’s Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability. 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.

Lowman’s academic training includes a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in ecology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and a doctorate in botany from the University of Sydney in Australia.

For more information, contact Wilson College Manager of Media Relations Cathy Mentzer at 717-262-2604 or cathy.mentzer@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: March 7, 2014