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It's a Jungle Up There : More Tales from the Treetops - Margaret D. Lowman

It's a Jungle Up There

More Tales from the Treetops


Published: 20th May 2008
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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"

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Why Canopies Are Excitingp. 8
Canopies for Conservation: Climbing in Samoap. 23
Indoor Canopies: From Baseball to Biosphere 2p. 49
Orchid Farming in Africa: Creating Sustainable Canopiesp. 72
An Emmy Award for the Treetops: Ballooning in French Guianap. 81
Canopy Walkways: Highways in the Florida Skyp. 100
Of Tarantulas, Teenagers, and Turkey Basters: Distance Learning from the Treetops of Perup. 125
International Powwows: The Indian Connectionp. 149
Colorful Bodies: Home to the Black Waters of the Amazonp. 164
Down from the Treetops: Life in the Padded Chairp. 188
Billions of Needles: Calculating the Consumption of Conifersp. 215
Downsizing 101: Dynamics of the Family Ecosystemp. 233
Coming Full Circle: Linking the Green and Brown Food Websp. 249
Global Citizens: An Environmental Ethic for Familiesp. 262
Appendixp. 269
Glossaryp. 271
Selected Bibliographyp. 276
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780300129236
ISBN-10: 0300129238
Audience: Professional
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 20th May 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US