What is a scientist? Men, Women, Americans, Europeans, Asians, Africans, younger, older, in a lab or in the field, here are the many faces of ethnobiology!!! Far from the stereotype of the old man wearing a white lab coat in a chemistry lab, we are an international community of passionate and curious minds! Let’s spread the word and share your picture with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael A. Coe, Ph.D student in ethnobotany at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Investigating the cultural importance of psychointegrator plant medicines employed in the vegetalismo tradition in the Amazonian province of Loreto, Peru.
Matthew Bond, Ph.D student in botany at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Collecting aquatic medicinal plants in a dugout canoe, Malaita Island, Solomon Islands. Mathew Bond studies how people know and choose medicinal plants.
Catherine Nnamani, Ph.D is a plant taxonomist/biosystematics, conservation biologist and palynologist at Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Nigeria. She is visiting and taking notes at a biodiversity fair.
William Maxwell is a doctoral student in geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies plants’ relationships with people in Robeson County, North Carolina. William, right, interviews a farmer on an agricultural settlement in Pernambuco, Brazil, for his master’s fieldwork in 2012.
Brandon Dale, Undergraduate student at Brown University studying Ethnopharmacognosy and collecting medicinal plants in Liati Wote, Interior Volta Region, Eastern Ghana.
Chelsey Geralda Armstrong – Ph.D. student, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada. I study indigenous hazelnut landscape management in the Pacific Northwest using ancient and modern DNA, archaeology and ethnoecology.
Jessica B. Turner, West Virginia University, uses an ethnobotanical and ecological approach to study the conservation of American ginseng, and how it relates to surface mining
Sarina Veldman – Collection medicinal plants in the field, Pwani region, Tanzania
Chelsie Romulo – Working to conserve and sustainably manage the ecologically, culturally, and economically important palm tree Mauritia flexuosa (aguaje) in the Peruvian Amazon
Mélanie Congretel – Finding shade under a beautiful fruiting guarana tree in central Brazilian Amazon – February 2014
John de la Parra – I’m excited to represent the diversity and reach of economic botany by including the subjects of phytochemistry and pharmacognosy. At this stage I don’t do much traditional field work but I plan to! My work is primarily investigating/validating the phytochemistry and ethnopharmacognosy of medicinal plants. In this picture I am standing in front of various stages of tissue culture of the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus). We study the metabolism of several important medicinal compounds produced by this plant.
Annie Virnig – The New York Botanical Garden. Integrates ethnobotany and phytochemistry to study the use, management, and antioxidant activity of neotropical blueberries in Colombia
Aurélie Jacquet – Purdue University. Studies how traditional medicine could be used as treatments for Parkinson’s disease Edit
Janelle Mare Baker – PhD student, Anthropology, McGill University. Studies Cree perspectives on wild food contamination in Alberta’s oil sands region. (http://janellemariebaker.com
Cory Whitney using the ‘really long stick with a tape-measure hanging from it’ method, one of many height measurement tools, for Adansonia digitata in Soroti, Uganda. Photo by Jens Gebauer