Drawn to the mysteries of tropical rain forests and fascinated by life in the treetops, Meg Lowman has pursued a life of scientific exploration while raising her two sons, Edward and James Burgess. This book recounts their family adventures in remote parts of the world (Samoa, West Africa, Peru, Panama, India, Biosphere 2, and others), from the perspectives of both kids and parent. Together they explore tropical rain forests, encounter anacondas and piranhas, eat crickets as hors d'oeuvres, discover new species, and nurture a family ethic for conservation.
The chapters of the book focus on field biology questions, the canopy access methods developed to answer the questions, and conservation or education components of each expedition. Lowman enumerates the challenges and joys of juggling parenthood and career, and the children reflect on how their mom's work has affected their lives. A rollicking, inspiring book, "It's a Jungle Up There" is an upbeat portrayal of how a parent's career can imprint children, and how children in turn can influence the success and trajectory of their parent's career.
"'There's lots of good evocative, even rollicking adventure... the descriptions of life and research in the canopy shine, and Barbara Harrison's illustrations are a delight.' BBC Wildlife Magazine 'Lowman's spirited tale of science and single parenting is inspirational.' Publishers Weekly"
|Why Canopies Are Exciting||p. 8|
|Canopies for Conservation: Climbing in Samoa||p. 23|
|Indoor Canopies: From Baseball to Biosphere 2||p. 49|
|Orchid Farming in Africa: Creating Sustainable Canopies||p. 72|
|An Emmy Award for the Treetops: Ballooning in French Guiana||p. 81|
|Canopy Walkways: Highways in the Florida Sky||p. 100|
|Of Tarantulas, Teenagers, and Turkey Basters: Distance Learning from the Treetops of Peru||p. 125|
|International Powwows: The Indian Connection||p. 149|
|Colorful Bodies: Home to the Black Waters of the Amazon||p. 164|
|Down from the Treetops: Life in the Padded Chair||p. 188|
|Billions of Needles: Calculating the Consumption of Conifers||p. 215|
|Downsizing 101: Dynamics of the Family Ecosystem||p. 233|
|Coming Full Circle: Linking the Green and Brown Food Webs||p. 249|
|Global Citizens: An Environmental Ethic for Families||p. 262|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 276|
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Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th May 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press