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The arbornaut : a life discovering the eighth continent in the trees above us
The arbornaut : a life discovering the eighth continent in the trees above us
First edition.
Physical Description:
xi, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Foreword / by Sylvia A. Earle -- Ten tips of field biology for every aspiring astronaut -- Prologue: How to see the world tree (and what that means for the forest) -- From wildflower to wallflower : a girl naturalist in rural America -- Becoming a forest detective : first encounter with temperate trees from New England to Scotland -- One hundred feet in the air : finding a way to study leaves in the Australian rain forests -- Who ate my leaves? : tracking -- and discovering! -- Australian insects -- Dieback in the outback : juggling marriage and investigations of gum tree death in Australia's sheep country -- Hitting the glass canopy : how Strangler figs and Tall poppies taught me to survive as a woman in science -- Arbornauts for a week : citizen scientists explore the Amazon jungles -- Tiger tracks, tree leopards, and Vedippala fruits : exporting my toolkit to train arbornauts in India -- A treetop bioblitz : counting 1,659 species in Malysia's tropical forests in ten days -- Building trust between priests and arbornauts : saving the forests of Ethiopia, one church at a time -- Classrooms in the sky -- for everyone! : wheelchairs and water bears in the treetops -- Can we save our last, best forests? : promoting conservation through Mission Green.
Personal Subject:
"As a graduate student exploring the rain forests of Australia, Lowman 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, in order to be a better monitor. Over the years she planned one of the first treetop walkways, and helped create more of these bridges through the eighth continent all over the world. Here she launches us into the life and work of an ecologist and conservationist, and offers hope, specific plans, and recommendations for actions that will make an immediate and lasting impact against climate change." --