$5,000 research grant, training and more


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Pittsburgh, PA) is currently accepting proposals for its 2017 Botany in Action Fellowship program, which fosters the development of the next generation of plant-based scientists who are committed, first, to excellent research, and second, to educational outreach.

Open to PhD students enrolled at US graduate institutions and conducting plant-based scientific field research, the BIA program provides each Fellow with:

1) $5,000 for use towards research-related expenses at sites in the US or abroad; 2) an all-expenses paid trip to Phipps Conservatory to engage in science outreach training and opportunities to translate and communicate his or her research to non-scientific, public audiences through written, visual and/or oral means; and 3) subsequent opportunities to connect his or her research with the public through programs, exhibits, and other outreach venues.

BIA Fellowship research priorities (listed in no particular order):*

§  Ethnobotany, with special interest in plant use for physical and/or psychological well-being;

§  Diversity and conservation, particularly in regional (southwest Pennsylvania and tri-state area) and tropical forests;

§  Landscape and brownfield restoration, particularly in plant-based ecosystem services; Sustainable landscapes;

§  Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.

*For 2017, special consideration will be given to research in the following areas (listed in no particular order):

§  Ethnobotany and/or plant-based conservation in central Cuba or the surrounding islands;

§  Plant-based ecosystem services for landscape and brownfield restoration;  

§  Sustainable landscapes in the US, particularly applicable to the southwest Pennsylvania and tri-state area.

§  Interdisciplinary plant-based research at the intersection of human and environmental health.


Learn more about Phipps, the BIA fellowship program, and how to apply

https://phipps.conservatory. org/green-innovation/for-the- world/botany-in-action/call- for-proposals

Maria Wheeler-Dubas, Ph.D.

Science Education and Research Outreach Coordinator

mwheeler-dubas@phipps. conservatory.org

Desk: 412-622-6915 x3220


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SEB 2016 Conference and Botany in Action Fellowship

By Chelsie Romulo

This summer I attended the Society’s conference in Kentucky as a student member of SEB. This is my second SEB conference as I also attended the 2014 meeting in Cherokee NC. This summer was an exciting meeting for me because in 2014 I presented a concept poster of my dissertation proposal and this year I was able to present the first results of my research. Both of these meetings have been wonderfully productive academically as well as socially and I’ve found most SEB members very welcoming and encouraging to students and early career researchers. In

of attendants and the focus of Society. With a smaller group, everyone was able to fit on the grounds at Pine Mountain Settlement School, allowing us all to eat together and enjoy after-hours events such as the bonfire

experience of each and every session. This provided ample discussion topics and also encourages us to reach out beyond our research focus. I believe it is critically important for us to actively learn about work outside our specific field, which will allow for interesting collaborations and interpretation of our own studies.

The theme for this year’s meeting, Resilience in the Face of Resource Extraction, was the perfect place to highlight my work on community-based conservation of a non-timber forest product in the Peruvian Amazon. But although my work is conducted in the tropical rainforest, it was great to see how other researchers address similar situations and answer

fact, at the first SEB conference, I attended I met another researcher who studies the focal species of my dissertation and we have a paper together currently in review!

The SEB meeting is very different than other conferences I attend, because of the number

and bourbon tasting. These casual interactions have really helped me approach and develop relationships with more established researchers and allow for continued conversations throughout the conference week. There was also only one session running at a time resulting in all attendees having the shared similar questions in other contexts. I also learned a lot, especially about ethnobotanical work in the Appalachia region near where I live in Virginia.

In this article, I would also like to highlight a fantastic fellowship that may be of interest to other SEB student members. This is my 3rd year as a Botany in Action Fellow with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. The BIA Fellowship has supported most of my dissertation research and also provided me with support and experience conducting outreach and education through their annual Science Engagement Week. For the Science Engagement Week, Phipps brings all 6 Fellows to Pittsburgh for a series of workshops related to outreach and engagement, ranging from speaking to different audiences, graphic design, creating information tables and signs, to scientific illustration. These topics have proven invaluable to much of my work and have not been covered in the traditional science programs I have been in for most of my academic career. In addition to the workshops, we also get to practice our new skills by conducting formal presentations to school groups and the public and creating educational materials for Phipps displays including a scientist display, research blog posts, and radio interviews. 


SEB student members Aurélie Jacquet and Chelsie Romulo participating in a “Meet the Scientist” event during the 2014 Science Engagement Week as part of the Botany in Action Fellowship by Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.


For all the SEB students, I definitely encourage you to attend the annual meetings and apply for the Botany in Action Fellowship if it is a good fit for your research.

For more information about Botany in Action (Applications due in January) : https://phipps.conservatory.org/green-innovation/for-the-world/botany-in-action

The story first published in the Fall 2016 issue of Plants and People, the Newsletter of the Society for Economic Botany. Find it here.


Chelsie Romulo is a student member of Society for Economic Botany,  PhD Candidate at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA Botany in Action Fellow at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA. You can follow her research and activities here: cromulo.wordpress.com 

JOB OFFER — IUCN Programme Officer for Medicinal Plants (TRAFFIC)


TRAFFIC is a joint program between the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). Founded in 1976, it exists as a specialist group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and works to ensure that trade in wild animals and plants is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC actively monitors and investigates wildlife trade and provides information to diverse audiences worldwide as a basis for effective conservation policies and programs.

TRAFFIC International is seeking a Medicinal Plants officer for a fixed-term position based in Budapest, Hungry. The Medicinal Plants Officer will be responsible for the implementation of TRAFFIC projects relating to the use of and trade in MAPs in the European region, including Project Management for the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme project Local Economy, demographic change and Nature conservation in the Danube Region (LENA) – and assist in the development of TRAFFIC programme in Europe, working in close collaboration with the TRAFFIC network and TRAFFIC’s partners WWF and IUCN.



  • Oversees the implementation of the transnational activities of the Interreg Danube Transnational Programme project ‘LENA – Local Economy, demographic change and Nature conservation in the Danube Region’ implemented in Danube countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia) in co-operation with project partners;
  • Conducts ’LENA’ project activities and ensures project reporting as required in a capacity of Project Manager for the whole duration of the project;
  • Supports the development of TRAFFIC’s work on MAPs in Europe, particularly in Central- and South-Eastern Europe, through fundraising, development of project concepts and funding proposals, liaison with potential donors and partners, etc;
  • Supports TRAFFIC’s advocacy and communication activities related to MAPs in Europe, including maintenance and further development of the “Why Go Wild” website;
  • Participates and contributes to the team work of the TRAFFIC’s workstream supporting actions to enhance benefits from sustainable and legal wildlife trade;
  • Liaises with the Secretariat of the FairWild Foundation to promote the FairWild Standard in Europe and support its implementation by MAPs stakeholders;
  • Communicates the outcomes of MAP activities in Europe to TRAFFIC Network and externally;
  • Other tasks related to TRAFFIC’s work on MAPs in Europe as agreed with the TRAFFIC Regional Director for Europe;
  • Responds to general enquiries that are directed to TRAFFIC, and represents TRAFFIC in media events as appropriate;
  • Communicates the nature and results of the work that TRAFFIC undertakes and represents TRAFFIC at designated international meetings and conferences, and reports on these meetings;
  • Liaises with relevant WWF and IUCN programmes and regional/national offices in Europe programme and keeps up-to-date and informed about activities related to wildlife conservation, trade and utilisation within Europe and maintains good working relationships with the European Commission, the CITES and CBD Secretariats, WWF, IUCN, governmental and intergovernmental agencies in Europe, and relevant NGOs;
  • Maintains links and good working relationships with WWF, IUCN, governmental and intergovernmental agencies, and relevant NGOs.



  • Master’s degree or similar qualification in ecology, natural resources management, biological/environmental sciences, agriculture, or similar. Candidates with a background in business/economics/international development, with a specialism in environment, will also be considered;
  • Experience with the private sector (non-timber forest products, organic products, herbal and botanical products, labelling schemes) and good knowledge of the medicinal plants sector and trade in the region highly desirable;
  • Significant practical experience in international wildlife conservation preferably with government or an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) / Inter-governmental Organisation (IGO) or with MAPs industry;
  • At least 3 years of project management experience related to medicinal plant trade, natural resource management or similar;
  • Ability to work under pressure and to set own work priorities as appropriate and a capacity to meet deadlines;
  • Familiar with the goals and operation of TRAFFIC;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is a must; fluency in Hungarian and/or German with additional languages of the LENA countries (Bulgarian, Serbian, Slovenian), a distinct advantage.
  • Strong communication, analytical and presentation skills, including strong writing abilities in the English language; multi-media communications experience an asset;
  • An ability to work co-operatively as part of a small team with strong inter-personal skills and an ability to work in different cultural contexts;
  • Willing and able to travel.

Must be eligible to work in the EU/Hungary.

For more information on how to apply, please see the IUCN-HRMS Portal here.

Chatham Fellowship 2017

The Garden Club of America’s Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany provides at least one grant award of $4,500 annually to support research related to medicinal plants. An important aspect of the award is that it is intended to enable a student to pursue an avenue of research that might otherwise prove closed. Accordingly, the funds may be used to cover direct costs associated with travel, field studies, or laboratory research. However, fellowship funds may not cover indirect costs, overhead, or student stipends and should not be used to pay for lab space or supplies normally provided by universities.

Eligible candidates include students in any field of specialty who are currently enrolled in PhD programs at recognized universities and recent graduates who have received their degrees in the last five years. The fellowship is administered by the Missouri Botanical Garden. Fellowship recipients will be selected by a panel of botanists with expertise in economic botany or ethnobotany, subject to approval by the Garden Club of America Scholarship Committee.

Please submit the following:

  • a brief application letter
  • an abstract of 200 words or less
  • a one- to two-page research proposal, set in 12 pt type, giving the project’s background and purpose and describing activities to be conducted (proposals will be treated as confidential; proposals longer than two pages will be considered ineligible)
  • a one-page budget that explains how funds would be used
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • for graduate students, a letter from a major advisor certifying enrollment in a PhD program
  • copies of permits for field work or studies including animals, research clearances, and permission from governmental agencies for foreign research (if permits are being applied for but have not yet been obtained, please ensure that the proposal explains the situation)

Proposals must be received by January 31.

Mail applications to:

Dr. Wendy Applequist
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
Saint Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA

Additional information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Applequist at the address above or by email at wendy.applequist@mobot.org

Photo credits (left to right): (1) Aspalathus linearis L. Rooibos tea by Sandra Bogdanova South Africa 2015 ; (2) Aspalathus linearis L. Rooibos roots by Sandra Bogdanova, South Africa 2015

Job offer – Botanist

By Aurélie Jacquet

BI Nutraceuticals, Inc. – Sparks, NV 89434


BI Nutraceuticals, Inc. a leading provider of botanical ingredients to the nutritional supplement industry and the food/beverage industries, is seeking an experienced Botanist. This position is responsible for performing a variety of analyses related to departmental functions; operates lab equipment according to specifications, and accurately reports results of work.


  • Utilizes advanced knowledge and training in method/process verification.
  • Applies skills to develop a series of more complex procedures or experiments or performs technical tasks requiring a significant degree of competence, knowledge, skill and training.
  • Utilizes knowledge of a wide variety of processes to work on diversified tasks, including but not limited to technical and administrative aspects of the business.
  • Creates, coordinates, and maintains work schedules, projects, instruments, facilities and documentation while exercising independent judgement.
  • Prepares simple quotations or proposals.
  • Ensures compliance to cGMP, GLP and laboratory safety practices.
  • Special projects or other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Botany or any field of life sciences
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in a laboratory environment. Prior experience in a manufacturing setting preferred.
  • Experience in botanical identification preferred.
  • Must possess an advanced understanding of laboratory equipment, understand cGMP’s and GLPs; must work in a safe and efficient manner; excellent attention to detail; good verbal and written communication skills

Our company offers a generous compensation and benefit package which includes a competitive salary; medical, dental, and vision insurance; two times your annual salary in company paid life insurance; educational reimbursement; immediate vesting in a 401(k) plan with a dollar for dollar match; and much more including paid vacations, paid holidays and paid sick leave.

For employment consideration, please submit your resume and salary requirements. Apply today!

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required experience:

  • Botany: 5 years