hosts seminar on
rain forest conservation
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 12, 2002) -Florida Southern College's Natural
Science Division will host a seminar given by Dr. Margaret Lowman,
executive director of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Lowman
will speak on "Life in the Treetops - The Challenges of Rain
Forest Conservation." The event will take place March 15 at
1:25 p.m. in room PS 156 of the Polk Science Building. It is free
and open to the public.
Dr. Lowman is
internationally recognized for her research on ecological aspects
of canopy processes. She has conducted work in all three major rain
forest regions of the world - Africa, Australia/Asia, and the neotropics.
Her studies include comparisons of canopy processes among different
forests, recruitment of tropical trees into the canopy, mechanisms
that promote species diversity, herbivory, and the methodology for
canopy field work. She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, and is
on the executive boards of the Association of Tropical Biology,
Earthwatch, International Center for Tropical Biology at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis, and Amazon Center for Education and Environmental
Research (Peru). She holds associate positions at University of
South Florida, University of Florida and Williams College.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.