Life in the Treetops: Adventures of a Woman in Field Biology

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Yale University Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Forest canopies have been characterized as one of the last biotic frontiers on Earth - tree crowns have been difficult to study scientifically because access to them has been so challenging. During the past two decades, however, methods for canopy access have greatly improved. In this book the author describes the mysteries of the treetops - their inhabitants, flowers and fruits, growth and mortality, patterns of diversity, and plant and animal interactions. Margaret Lowman writes about different canopy access techniques in conjunction with the scientific hypotheses she was addressing while using each one. She also portrays the life of a field biologist from a woman's perspective; what it was like to juggle a demanding career with marriage, housewifery, motherhood, and single parenthood. The chapters are organized chronologically, starting with Lowman's early days with ropes in Australia and progressing to the use of a cherry picker to access the canopies of eucalypt trees while she was pregnant, research by hot-air balloon in Africa, and building treetop walkways in the temperate forests of Massachusetts and in the tropical rain forests of Belize. The book also includes a lovely array of line drawings and halftones.
 

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User Review  - tjsjohanna - LibraryThing

All about the science of studying the topes of forests, especially rain forests. Very readable as well. However, it raises the question - how do women reconcile family life and careers? What do truly driven people do? They are the ones that discover significant things about this world. Read full review

Life in the treetops: adventures of a woman in field biology

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In this engaging mix of science and autobiography, botanist Lowman recalls her pioneering research in the forest canopies of Australia, Africa, Belize, and the United States. She also details her ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword
ix
Timeline
xii
Preface
xv
Introduction
1
The RainForest Canopies of Australia
8
Life in the Outback
36
Canopies near the Ground
62
Research and Motherhood
80
On the Rooftop of the World
129
Construction Cranes in the Canopy
156
Our Treehouse in Belize
172
Canopy Research from the Bottom Up
193
Out on a Limb
203
Appendix
209
Glossary
211
Index
215

The Worlds Greatest Lottery
92
Highways to Heaven
110

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