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The Arbornaut: A Life Discovering the Eighth Continent in the Trees Above Us

Nicknamed the "Real-Life Lorax" by National Geographic, the biologist, botanist, and conservationist Meg Lowman ― aka "CanopyMeg" ― takes us on an adventure into the “eighth continent” of the world's treetops, along her journey as a tree scientist, and into climate action. As a graduate student exploring the rain forests of Australia, Meg Lowman realized that she couldn’t monitor her beloved leaves using any of the usual methods. So she put together a climbing kit: she sewed a harness from an old seat belt, gathered hundreds of feet of rope, and found a tool belt for her pencils and rulers. Up she went, into the trees.

Forty years later, Lowman remains one of the world’s foremost arbornauts. From climbing solo hundreds of feet into the air in Australia’s rainforests to measuring tree growth in the northeastern United States, from conducting a BioBlitz in Malaysia to conservation planning in India and collaborating with priests to save Ethiopia’s last forests, Lowman launches us into the life and work of a field scientist, ecologist, and conservationist. She offers hope, specific plans, and recommendations for action; despite devastation across the world, through trees, we can still make an immediate and lasting impact against climate change. The Arbornaut is the engrossing, uplifting story of a nerdy tree climber ― the only girl at the science fair ― who becomes a giant inspiration, a groundbreaking, ground-defying field biologist, and a hero for trees everywhere.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Meg Lowman
ISBN 0374162697
Publication Date Aug 10, 2021
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language English