Ethnobotany Webinar Series
The Ethnobotany Webinars from ABC and the Sustainable Herbs Program explore themes of plants, people, and commerce through the lens of ethnobotany.
We will announce upcoming webinars for fall 2022 shortly. Thank you again to
SHP Underwriters whose generous support made these webinars possible.
Note – the play button is in the center of each image.
Historian Luke Manget talks about his recently published book: Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia, and the unique relationship between Appalachia and the global trade of medicinal plants. Dr. Cech talks about how her different perspectives of plants (as an illustrator, chemist, gardener, nature lover) inform the research that she does. What is the role of science in understanding how plants work as medicine? What do we miss when it comes to understanding the wholeness of plants? Ruyu Yao, PhD, discusses the value chains of goji berries sourced from China and the implications of this research for understanding links between medicinal plant quality and place. Michael Heinrich, PhD, and Anthony Booker, PhD, discuss their research investigating the quality of botanical ingredients and herbal medicinal products along diverse value chains. A Conversation with Clinton Farmer, current Chairman of Kutkabbuba Aboriginal Corporation and Keith Drage, Managing Director of WA Sandalwood Plantations. Nancy Turner (PhD) and Leigh Joseph (Squamish First Nation) discuss the role of values in Indigenous knowledge systems and how these values guide cultural interrelationships with medicinal plants. Michael J. Balick, PhD, and Paul Alan Cox, PhD, share stories of their fieldwork in remote villages around the world and discuss the ways our past and our future are deeply intertwined with plants. Wade Davis, PhD, discusses the importance of culture in understanding ethnobotany, the links between cultural and biological diversity, and what is at stake with the erosion of this diversity. Claudia Ford, PhD discusses her research into the uses of cotton and black haw to control pregnancy by African slaves and plantation owners in the American South in the 1800s. Dennis McKenna, Ph.D discusses his research exploring the world’s visible and unseen biosphere as they intersect with human consciousness. Steven King, PhD, discusses his work creating a sustainable harvesting program for Croton lechleri (the source of Crofelemer) for use in Crofelemer, the first oral botanical drug approved by the US FDA. Dr Cassandra Quave speaks about her personal experiences with disability, her research into how plants and microbes interact, and her search to find plant alternatives to antibiotics. Jan Salick, PhD, and Robbie Hart, PhD, discuss their research on the impacts of climate change on alpine plants in the Himalayas. Mark Plotkin, PhD talks about his work with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) working with indigenous colleagues to protect nature and culture in the Amazon.