Research Projects

Research Projects completed or in progress at the Amazon Conservatory of Tropical Studies, Iquitos, Peru (updated 2.10.15) 

2015- 2010

Munk, Y., S. P. Yanoviak, M. A. R. Koehl, and R. Dudley. 2015. The descent of ant: field-measured performance of gliding ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 1393-1401. doi: 10.1242/jeb.106914.

Yanoviak, S. P., Y. Munk, and R. Dudley. 2015. Arachnid aloft: directed aerial descent in Neotropical canopy spiders. Journal of the Royal Society Interface: 20150534. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2015.0534.

Yanoviak, S. P. and D. N. Frederick. 2014. Water surface locomotion in tropical canopy ants. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 2163-2170. doi: 10.1242/jeb.101600.

Swierk L. and Madigosky, S. R. 2014. Environmental perceptions and resource use in rural communities of the Peruvian Amazon (Iquitos and vicinity, Maynas Province). Tropical Conservation Science Vol.7 (3): 382-402. Available online: http://www.tropicalconservationscience.org

Lowman MD. 2014. Ecoliteracy in informal science education settings. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 474-5.

Tallis H, J Lubchenco, M Lowman et al. 2014. A call for inclusive conservation. Nature 515: 27-31.

Devy S, T Ganesh, and M Lowman. 2013. “Canopy-less” monitoring of biodiversity and climate change: signs of a leaky roof. IN: Treetops at Risk. Springer: 169-177.

Kaganovskiy L and M Lowman. 2013. Modeling insect outbreaks in forest canopies: integration of virtual simulations with hands-on ecology for undergraduates. IN: Treetops at Risk. Springer: 341-352.

Lewis OT, RM Ewers, MD Lowman, and Y Malhi. 2013. Conservation of tropical forests: maintaining ecological integrity and resilience. IN: Key Topics in Conservation Biology 2. DW Macdonald & KJ Willis (eds.). John Wiley & Sons: 222-235.

Lowman MD. 2013. Earth system environmental literacy. IN: Earth System Monitoring. J Orcutt (ed.). Springer: 107-121.

Reynolds J and M Lowman. 2013. Promoting ecoliteracy through research service-learning and citizen science. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(10): 565-566.

Seidler R, KS Bawa, M Lowman, and N Nadkarni. 2013. Forest canopies as Earth’s support systems: priorities for research and conservation. IN: Treetops at Risk. Springer: 55-70.

Voirin B, R Kays, M Wikelski, and M Lowman. 2013. Why do sloths poop on the ground? IN: Treetops at Risk. Springer: 195-199.

Chandler M, D Bebber, S Castro, MD Lowman, P Muoria, N Oguge, and D Rubenstein. 2012. International citizen science: making the local global. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10(6): 328-331.

Kaganovskiy L and MD Lowman. 2012. Mathematical modeling of forest canopies for herbivory. IN: Methods in Forest Canopy Research. M Lowman, T Schowalter & J Franklin (eds.). University of California Press: 97-98.

Lowman MD. 2012. Beetles in a salad bar: accurate assessment of herbivory in whole forests.
IN: Methods in Forest Canopy Research. M Lowman, T Schowalter & J Franklin (eds.). University of California Press: 93-97.

Lowman MD and TD Schowalter. 2012. Plant science in forest canopies – the first 30 years of advances and challenges (1980-2010). New Phytologist 194(1): 12-27.

Miller W and MD Lowman. 2012. The collection of tardigrades from the canopy. IN: Methods in Forest Canopy Research. M Lowman, T Schowalter & J Franklin (eds.). University of California Press: 70-73.

Lowman MD. 2011. Out on a limb: true confessions of a bug detective. IN: Chemical Biology of the Tropics. Elsevier Publishers: 87-96.

Lowman MD. 2011. Sustainability education: challenges of integrating virtual versus real nature in science education. Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. RA Meyers (ed.). Springer Verlag.

Nadkarni N, G Parker, and M Lowman. 2011. Forest canopy studies as an emerging field of science. Annals of Forest Science 68: 217-224.

Stevenson R and MD Lowman. 2011. Ecology education in 2020: integrating new technologies with Mother Nature. ESA Bulletin e-journal.

Lowman MD. 2010. Tall Tree Canopies. IN: The Fragile Forest: Inside Brazilian Amazonia. DK Bhaskar. International Fine Art Gallery, Augusta GA.

Lowman MD and T Mourad. 2010. Bridging the divide between virtual and real nature. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(7): 339.
2010 – 2006

Madigosky, S.R. and Sommers, E. 2010. The Use of Acetogenins as Chemical Defense by the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly, Eurytides Marcellus. Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Proceedings, pgs. 71-79. Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute, Tucson, AZ

Kaspari, M., Yanoviak, S.P., Dudley, R., Yuan, M. and Clay, N.A. 2009. Sodium shortage as a constraint on the carbon cycle in an island tropical rainforest. PNAS 106(45) 19405-19409.
Lowman MD. 2009. Biodiversity in tropical forest canopies as a “hook” for science education outreach and conservation. Journal of Tropical Ecology 50: 125-136.

Lowman MD. 2009. Canopy research in the twenty-first century: a review of arboreal ecology. Tropical Ecology 50(1): 125-136.

Lowman MD. 2009. Canopy walkways for conservation – a tropical biologist’s panacea or fuzzy metrics to justify ecotourism? Biotropica 41(5): 545-548.

Lowman MD. 2009. Forests in the Upper Heights. IN: Forests. America Natural, Mexico.

Lowman MD and DC Randle. 2009. Ecological mentoring: inspiring future scientists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7: 119.

Lowman MD, C D’Avanzo, and C Brewer. 2009. NEON – a national ecological network for research and education. Science 323(5918): 1172-1173.

Madigosky, S.R. 2009. The Art of Deception Using Camouflage, Mimicry, and Chemical Protection. Invertebrates in Education and Conservation Proceedings, pgs. 71-79. Sonoran Arthropod Studies Institute, Tucson, AZ

Miller, M., Madigosky, S.R., Nagengast, A., and I. Vatnick. 2009. Identification of alternative splicing in genes that determine sexual dimorphism in Stiphra sp. (Orthoptera: Proscopiidea). Society for Developmental Biology 68th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, July
23-26. (Abstract).

Voirin B, R Kayes, MD Lowman, and M Wikelski. 2009. Evidence for three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) predation by spectacled owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata). Edentata 8: 15-20.

Azorsa, F., and Sosa-Calvo, J. 2008. Description of a remarkable new species of ant in the genus Daceton Perty (Formidcidae: Dacetini) from South America. Zootaxa 1749:27-38.

Hughes, D.P., Kronauer, D.J.C., and Boomsma, J.J., 2008. Extended phenotype: nematodes turn ants into bird-dispersed fruits. Current Biology 87(7)

Kaspari, M., Yanoviak, S.P., and Dudley, R. 2008. On the biogeography of salt limitation: a study of ant communities. PNAS 105(46) 17848-17851.

Miller, M., Nagengast, A., Madigosky, S.R., and I Vatnick. 2008. Identification of alternative splicing in genes that determine sexual dimorphism in Stiphra sp. (Orthoptera: Proscopiidea). 22nd Annual Conference of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research.
(NCUR).

Lowman MD. 2007. Out on a limb: exploration of forest canopies. IN: They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club. The Lyons Press: 331-339.

Caranci, A., Madigosky, S. R., Vatnick, I., Platt, N., and Morgan, R. 2006. Metabolic characteristics of the giant jumping stick Stiphra sp. (Orthoptera: Proscopiidae) from Peru. Proceedings of the 14th Annual Invertebrates in Captivity Conference, Rio Rico, AZ

Ernest KA, MD Lowman, HB Rinker, and DC Shaw. 2006. Development of a novel method for assessing stand-level herbivory in forests. Newsletter of the International Canopy Network 12 (2): 4-5.

Lowman MD. 2006. No child left indoors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4(9): 451.

Lowman MD. 2006. Out on a limb. The Explorers Club Journal Winter 2005-2006: 24-30.

Lowman MD. 2006. Turning point – Reading the leaves. New Scientist 191(2566): 49.

Lowman MD, E Burgess, and J Burgess. 2006. Growing up in the treetops. Natural History 115(2): 80.

Madigosky, S.R., Platt, N., Vatnick, I., and Caranci, A. 2006. Characteristics of the giant jumping stick Stiphra sp. (Orthoptera: Proscopiidae) from Peru. Proceedings of the 14th Annual
Invertebrates in Captivity Conference, Rio Rico, AZ

Yanoviak, S.P. and R. Dudley, 2006. The role of visual cues in directed aerial descent of Cephalotes atratus workers (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) The Journal of Experimental Biology 209, 1777-1783.

Yanoviak, S.P., Ramirez Paredes, J.E., Lounibos, L.P. and Weaver, S.C. 2006. Deforestation alters phytotelm habitat availability and mosquito production in the Peruvian Amazon. Ecological Applications, 16(5) 00.1854-1864.

Yanoviak, S.P., Lounibos, L.P., and Weaver, S.C. 2006. Land use affects macroinvertebrate community composition in pytotelmata in the Peruvian Amazon. Conservation Biology and Biodiversity 99(6) 1172-1181.
2005 – 2001

Lowman M. 2005. Out on a limb: explorations of the world’s treetops. Explorers Journal 83(4): 24-29.

Campbell, J.A., and Lamar, W.W., 2004. The Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere (Vol. 1 & 2). Comstock Publishing Associates, A Division of Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London.

Lowman MD. 2004. Canopy conservation initiatives. Plant Talk 36: 45.

Lowman MD. 2004. Ecotourism and its impact on forest conservation.
http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/lowman.html

Lowman MD. 2004. Ecotourism and the treetops. IN: Forest Canopies. Elsevier Press, San Diego CA: 475-485.

Lowman MD. 2004. Tarzan or Jane? A short history of canopy biology. IN: Forest Canopies. Elsevier Press, San Diego CA: 453-465.

Lowman MD and HB Rinker. 2004. Insect herbivory in tropical forests. IN: Forest Canopies. Elsevier Press, San Diego CA: 359-386.

Madigosky, S.R. 2004. Tropical Microclimatic Considerations. In Forest Canopies, Editors, Meg Lowman and Bruce Rinker, Elsevier and Academic Press Publishing.

Madigosky, S.R. 2004. Survival Strategies: A Matter of Life and Death. In Forest Canopies, Editors: Meg Lowman and Bruce Rinker, Elsevier and Academic Press Publishing.

Burgess E, J Burgess, MD Lowman, and thousands of Jason X school students. 2003. Observations of a beetle herbivore on a bromeliad in Peru. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 53(5): 221-224.

Burgess EA, JB Burgess, MD Lowman, and DC Randle. 2002. Water pollution in bromeliad tanks – an experimental approach. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 52(2): 58-62.

Lowman MD. 2002. Access into forest canopies – new ways to study orchids and other canopy organisms? Proceedings of the 17th World Orchid Conference, Shah Alam Malaysia, 24 April -1 May 2002.

Hunter MD, MD Lowman, HB Rinker, TD Schowalter, SJ Fonte. 2001. Canopy herbivory and soil ecology – the top-down impact of forest processes. Selbyana 22(2): 225-231.

Hunter MD, MD Lowman, HB Rinker, TD Schowalter, and SJ Fonte. 2001. Canopy herbivory and soil processes in temperate and tropical forests. Tropical Ecosystems. KN Gaenshaiah, R Uma Shaanker & KS Bawa (eds.): 433.

Lowman MD. 2001. Epiphytes. Plant Sciences 2: 113-115.

Lowman MD. 2001. Plants in the forest canopy: some reflections on current research and future direction. IN: Tropical Forest Canopies: Ecology and Management. KE Linsenmair, AJ Davis, B Fiala & MR Speight (eds.). Forestry Sciences (69): 39-50.

Lowman MD. 2001. Plants in the forest canopy: some reflections on current research and future direction. Plant Ecology 153: 39-50.

2000-1990

Brown M, A Desrosiers, MD Lowman, and DC Randle. 1999. Temporal variation in herbivory of a Peruvian bromeliad. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 49: 81-83.

Holst BK and MD Lowman (eds.). 2000. Forest Canopies 1998: Global perspectives. Proceedings of the Second International Canopy Conference, Part IV, Sarasota Florida, USA, 4-8 November 1998. Selbyana 21(1/2): 7-117.

Lowman MD. 1999. Forest Canopies 1998: Global Perspectives – a new beginning for the new millennium. Selbyana 20(1): 61-65.
Schowalter TD and MD Lowman. 1999. Forest herbivory: insects. Ecosystems of the World: 253-270.

Burgess E, J Burgess, and MD Lowman. 1998. How quickly do bromeliads decay? Journal of the Bromeliad Society 48(4): 177-182.

Foster R, MD Lowman, HB Rinker, and P Wittman. 1998. Herbivory and insect loads on epiphytes, vines and host trees in the rain forest canopy of French Guiana. Biologie D’Une Canopée de Forêt Équatoriale. F Hallé (ed.). Pro-Natura International, France: 116-128.

Lowman MD. 1998. Artificial bromeliad tank experiments. A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association): 189-191.

Lowman MD. 1998. Canopy research of tropical forests. Mountain, Plain and Garden: The Magazine of Denver Botanic Gardens 55(2): 18-23.

Lowman MD. 1998. Canopy walkways. A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association): 186-189.

Lowman MD. 1998. Forest canopies 1998: global perspectives. Selbyana 18(2): 1-3.

Lowman MD. 1998. Leaf toughness and the use of a penetrometer. A Wet and Wild Adventure; Curriculum for Jason X (collated by National Science Teachers Association): 144-156.

Lowman MD and PA Morrow. 1998. Insects and their environment: plants. The Science of Entomology. 4th edition. WS Romoser and JG Stoffolano, Jr. (eds.). Wm C. Brown Publishers, Dubuque Iowa: 290-316.

Schowalter T and MD Lowman. 1998. Forest herbivory: insects. Ecosystems of Disturbed Ground. Lawrence Walker (ed.). Elsevier Press.

Lowman MD. 1997. Herbivory in forests – from centimetres to megametres. Forests and Insects. AD Watt, NE Stork & MD Hunter (eds.). Chapman & Hall: 135-149.

Lowman MD, D Murray, and P Wittman. 1997. Bromeliads along the ACEER canopy walkway in Amazonian Peru. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 47(2): 54-59.

Carruthers G, RL Kitching, and MD Lowman. 1996. Arthropod sampling in Australian subtropical rain forest: how accurate are some of the more common techniques? Selbyana 17: 36-42.

Lowman MD and PK Wittman. 1996. Forest canopies: methods, hypotheses and future directions. Annual Review of Ecology & Systematics 27: 55-81.

Lowman MD, D Murray, and P Wittman. 1996. Herbivory in a bromeliad of the Peruvian rain forest canopy. Journal of the Bromeliad Society 46: 52-55.

Madigosky, S.R. and B. Grant. 1996. Biodiversity loss: a problem or symptom of our time? Forests – A Global Perspective. Edited by S.K. Majumdar, E.W. Miller, and F.J. Brenner. The Pennsylvania Academy of Science. (Chapter 14) p. 226-241.

Bouricius B and MD Lowman. 1995. The construction of platforms and bridges for forest canopy access. Selbyana 16(2): 179-184.

Bouricius B, P Coley, F Hallé, MD Lowman, N Nadkarni, G Parker, K Saterson, and J Wright. 1995. What’s up? Perspectives from the first international forest canopy conference at Sarasota Florida, 1994. Selbyana 16: 1-11.

Castner, J.L. 1995. Defensive Behavior and Display of the Leaf-Mimicking Katydid Pterochroza ocellata (L.) (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae: Pterochrozini) J. Orth. Res. 4 pp. 89-92.

Ingram SW and MD Lowman. 1995. The collection and preservation of plant material from the tropical forest canopy. IN: Forest Canopies. MD Lowman & N Nadkarni (eds.): 587-603.

Lowman MD. 1995. Herbivory as a canopy process in rain forest trees. IN: Forest Canopies. MD Lowman & N Nadkarni (eds.): 431-455.

Lowman MD. 1995. Linking systematics and ecology to promote conservation. Selbyana 16: 125-126.

Lowman MD and M Moffett. 1995. Canopy access techniques. IN: Forest Canopies. MD Lowman & N Nadkarni (eds.). Academic Press: 3-25.

Lowman MD and N Nadkarni. 1995. Canopy science: a summary of its role in research and education. IN: Forest Canopies. MD Lowman & N Nadkarni (eds.): 609-613.

Lowman MD and PK Wittman. 1995. The last biological frontier? Advancements in research on forest canopies. Endeavor 19: 161-165.

Nickle, D., and Castner, J.L. 1995. Strategies Utilized by Katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) Against Diurnal Predators in Rainforests of Northeastern Peru. J. Orth. Res. 4 pp. 75-88.

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