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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.28 X 9.3 X 1.28 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Meg Lowman, PhD, aka "CanopyMeg," is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor, and public speaker. She is the executive director of the TREE Foundation and a professor at the National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, and Universiti Sains Malaysia. Nicknamed the "real-life Lorax" by National Geographic and "Einstein of the treetops" by The Wall Street Journal, Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. Her motto is "no child left indoors." She travels extensively for research, outreach, and speaking engagements for audiences large and small.


"Written . . . not just to instruct, but to reorient and inspire . . . If a tree was once understood as a mostly static living object, [through The Arbornaut] we see it rippling with change."
--Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic

"A riveting memoir from 'CanopyMeg, ' a pioneer in treetop science . . . Solid science combined with a pleasing writing style make for a winning book."
--Kirkus (starred review)

"[Lowman] excels at bringing the natural world to life in language. . . [Her] research is full of life, energy, intelligence and determination. It's impossible to read about it without wanting to examine the natural world more closely . . . The Arbornaut is a book to reach for if you, like Lowman, love the natural world and want to live in it fully."
--Kelly Blewett, BookPage (starred review)

"Lowman's contributions to ecology are numerous, as a professor, science communicator, international collaborator, and leader in conservation organizations. In this science-oriented memoir, she details a lifetime of experiences . . . A highly engaging read."
--Library Journal (starred review)

A passionate look at the 'unexplored wonderland' of trees . . . Lowman shines in her ability to combine accessible science with exciting personal anecdotes that effectively convey the 'thrill of aerial exploration' and bolster her case that trees--and sustainable ecosystems--are worth studying, protecting, and preserving. Nature lovers will find much to consider.
--Publishers Weekly

The Arbornaut captures the magic of that little-known world with its pioneering stories and clear, informative text. Readers everywhere will be fascinated and inspired to learn more about nature, and especially about how we need to conserve the world's forests."
--Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and United Nations Messenger of Peace

The Arbornaut is about a shy girl who loved to play outdoors and became a scientist who educated the world about the abundant life in the treetops. I loved it."
--Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human, Animals in Translation, and Thinking in Pictures

"The Arbornaut is an eye-opening and enchanting book by one of our major scientist-explorers. Without Meg Lowman, we'd miss so many of the planet's wonders that just happen to lie out of sight, in a realm we take for granted, ignore, or never knew about to begin with. Lowman is the perfect guide to that little-known, life-besotted world, and has fascinating stories to tell about her life in the top story."
--Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper's Wife

"This is the most exciting and innovative way of introducing science that I have seen in many years. Everyone will want to read this book. Meg Lowman is starting a whole new movement exploring the treetops!"
--E. O. Wilson, author of Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life

"When Meg Lowman began her exploration of the world of treetops four decades ago, she experienced joy and exhilaration--feelings that come to us in abundance as we turn the pages in her account of this magnificent but still largely unexplored realm. Lowman gives us an exciting, firsthand introduction to some of the things we must come to understand if we are to secure a sustainable future for humanity in these challenging times. A thoroughly enjoyable yet deeply meaningful contribution in every respect!"
--Peter H. Raven, PhD, president emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden

The Arbornaut is, true to its name, an account of intrepid exploration at the upper reaches of terrestrial life, where branches and foliage touch the sky and all creatures awake to the first morning rays of the sun."
--Wade Davis, author of Into the Silence, The Wayfinders, and One River

"In The Arbornaut, Meg Lowman inspires readers with her amazing life story and reminds us that we can't live without the natural world, especially trees."
--Tommy Hilfiger