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Ethnobotany Lecture

The Annual Ethnobotany Lecture was founded in 2000 and is a highlight of the academic year for the postgraduate programme. It is sponsored jointly by the Centre for Biocultural Diversity at Kent and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The lectureship is awarded to ethnobotanists who have made a significant impact on the subject, and who have established a reputation in the public understanding of science. Recent lecturers have included Gary Martin, Victoria Reyes-Garcia, Will McClatchey and Nancy Turner.

Last year's lecture

We warmly welcomed Professor Doyle B. McKey as he presented, 'Evolutionary Ecology as a Driver of New Questions in Ethnobotany'.

Doyle McKey is professor of ecology at the University of Montpellier and is a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He studies interactions between plants and animals, and between plants and humans, in tropical ecosystems. His widely cited work covers diverse topics including the interactions between plants and vertebrate frugivore seed-dispersers, the theory of plant defence against herbivores, the ecology of protective ant-plant mutualisms, plant evolution under domestication, chemical ecology of plant-human interactions, historical ecology and landscape domestication. Research he led on the domestication of manioc by Amerindian farmers in South America has reshaped our ideas about the evolution of clonally propagated crops. For the past six years, he has directed an interdisciplinary project on the ecology of seasonally flooded savannas.

Previous lectures

  • 2013
    The Ethnobiology of Crop Domestication and Evolution: Fostering resilience of social ecological systems in the Anthropocene
    Pablo B. Eyzaguirre, Senior Scientist, Bioversity International
  • 2012
    Medicinal plant trade, conservation and local livelihoods in southern Morocco
    Gary Martin
  • 2011
    Ethnobotany of the Home and Hearth
    Will McClatchey
  • 2010
    The dynamics of ethnobotanical knowledge in a globalized world: examples from the Tsimane indigenous people (Bolivian Amazon)
    Victoria Reyes-García
  • 2009
    Bringing the food back home indigenous foodways, nutrition and biodiversity indigenous foodways, nutrition and biodiversity in western Canada.
    Nancy Turner
  • 2008
    Austrian alpine ethnobotany: examples and trends for the use and management of plant species in the Austrian Alps
    Christian Vögl
  • 2007
    Local perceptions and forest policy: conservation and logging in Papua New Guinea
    Paul Sillitoe
  • 2006
    Taking stock of nature? Ethnobotany and action in participatory ecological governance
    Anna Lawrence
  • 2005
    Ancient trees and what people do to them
    Oliver Rackham
  • 2004
    Gender bias in ethnobotany: propositions and evidence of a distorted science, and promises of a brighter future
    Patricia Howard
  • 2003
    The origins and spread of agriculture: a comparative world view.
    David Harris
  • 2002
    Globalization of traditional knowledge systems: implications for innovation, flow and appropriation of knowledge
    Miguel Alexiades
  • 2001
    Plants and people in Amazonian Peru
    Oliver Philipps
  • 2000
    The light at the edge of the world: vanishing cultures, enduring lives; an ethnobotanist’s view
    Wade Davis


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