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This story is mostly true, based on real adventures and real ethnobotany. As it evolved, the characters took on different and this made it even more fun to write than the usual journal entries I make on my trip.
By Daniel R. Williams.Daniel's research won the Best Ethnobiology Poster Award at this years meetings in Madison, WI.
"It's a bit like Jurassic Park," I told a greenhouse visitor while I tucked another inflorescence into a glassine paper bag. "People ate this like quinoa almost 4000 years ago. The variety grown here vanished hundreds of years ago, but with a bit of work we can bring it back."
Doctoral and postdoctoral research takes us out of our comfort zone and into new worlds. It’s an intellectual adventure: stimulating and absorbing, connecting us to the richness of the world, to new methodology and fields of study, and the future of research. It’s consistently challenging and often frustrating. It’s that adventure that Natalie Mueller and I are in the middle of, Natalie as an archeologist doing horticulture-intensive research, and me as a botanist in the middle of anthropology-intensive dissertation writing.
I am currently in Montana on a 50-day road trip surveying invasive plants for my graduate study. I spend all day separating invasive from native, reducing countless chloroplasts to numbers, attempting to amass enough data to answer a question I have about how plants live their lives.
By contributing author Maia Dedrick, photos courtesy of Rossana Paredes
Each year, the Society of Ethnobiology honors a young ethnobiologist for the quality of their research and for their excellence in communicating their knowledge at our yearly meeting. Meet the 2018 Barbara Lawrence Award winner, Rossana Paredes!