Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Neuropsychopharmacology from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and is the Matthew Calbraith Perry Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and Caribbean Program Director at the Institute of Economic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden. She has conducted fieldwork in ethnobotany and medical anthropology in Bolivia, New York City and the Dominican Republic, and is Associate Editor of the on-line journal, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine.
For Entwined, she will present:
Connecting the Dots: Herbaria and Exploring the Links between Plants & People
The collection of plant specimens is the foundation of ethnobotanical research into the relationships between plants and people. Collecting and studying herbarium specimens provides scientists a better understanding of the rich cultural diversity of names and uses that local people attribute to these plants. Another interesting use of herbarium specimens is tracking invasive plant species over space and time, and documenting their potential usefulness for local communities. These efforts support the conservation of biological and cultural diversity by providing historic and contemporary information on which to base wise policy decisions.
Classes by this instructor
Globalization may be a current buzzword, but people and plants have always been on the move. Dr. Ina Vandebroek, Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and Caribbean Program Director, shares insights from her research on native and historically- introduced plants of Jamaica and the Dominican Republ more...