Web Link: Native American Ethnobotany
Web Link: Edward Palmer Collections
Edward Palmer (1831-1911), often regarded as “the father of ethnobotany,” gathered extensive natural history collections in North and South America during the late nineteenth century and established standards for plant collecting and reporting, particularly for plants useful to people. His scientific framework is still used today. This website provides a window into the Palmer Collection to communities where Palmer originally collected, as well as to scientists and the general public. Community-based scholars are encouraged to explore the materials and discover information that will help them continue to sustain their cultural and linguistic heritage.
Web Link: Tropicos
Web Link: Index Nominum Genericorum (ING)
Botanical Gardens, Herbaria and Botanical Libraries
Link: Botanical Gardens, Herbaria and Botanical Libraries
These three types of institutions are closely linked. In some cases, all three functions exist within the same institution.
These institutions are a key component of ethnobiology. They provide resources which are vital to research, education and public understanding.
Link: Instructional Resources
This is the "Human Side of Ethnobiology" and there is a wealth of information that is available for use in an ethnobiology curriculum.
These are stories about the people who have done (and are doing!) ethnobiological research. There are video interviews and presentations of exciting research findings.
Many books have been written which have ethnobiology as a theme, often describing the adventures of an ethnobiological explorer.
Link: Case Studies
Case studies are a powerful mechanism for learning. This link provides information on how to create case studies and it provides some examples of case studies which are related to ethnobiology.
Biographies, Autobiographies and Related Materials
There are a number of exciting and informative books about ethnobiologists. These often reveal the difficulties and thrills of doing ethnobiological research.
Link: Biographical Materials
A number of ethnobotany and ethnobiology courses use the
book by Michael Balick and Paul Alan Cox, Plants, People and Culture: the Science of
Ethnobotany as a textbook or for supplemental reading. Until now, the
choices were purchasing the paperback black and white reprint edition,
distributed by the American Botanical Council in Austin, Texas, ordering used copies of the color edition, or obtaining permission to photocopy
chapters through the Copyright Clearance Center. Recently the authors converted the original
files of the book, richly illustrated with color images, to e-pub format,
making them available as a Kindle download on Amazon. Below are links to both versions of this book.
Link: Plants, People, and Culture The Science of Ethnobotany (written format)
Photographs, Botanical Illustrations and Video
Institutions and Libraries
Web Link: Botany Department, National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution)
Web Link: US Department of Agriculture
Web Link: Botanicus (Missouri Botanical Garden)
Coffee as illustrated in an early 1800s flora
in the Botanics collection.
Artist in the Lion Forest Garden by IceNineJon from Flickr