The Society for Ethnobotany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.

2023 - SEB Fall Virtual Symposium

2023 SEB Fall Symposium


This special symposium, a free event for SEB members, will focus on a broad variety of methodologies relevant to ethnobotany. The exciting speaker lineup includes experts in botany, anthropology, chemistry, paleobotany, linguistics, statistics, scientific publishing, and more, each exploring different aspects of the mosaic of research methods used in ethnobotany and its affiliated disciplines. This wide-ranging symposium will be an excellent opportunity for professionals and students alike to learn new skills that may be of use in their research, as well as an introduction to specialised methodologies that many of us have likely not been fortunate enough to encounter before. It is our hope that participating in this symposium will not only expose you to new techniques, but interest you in including collaborators from more diverse fields in your work, helping you to expand your research program.


Saturday, 30 September 2023
9:00 AM – 2:15 PM, CDT Time Zone (e.g., Chicago)



This SEB Members-Only event is Free to all SEB members.
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  • 9:00 — Renata Soukand — The sobering touch of reality: Importance of field research in ethnobotany

  • 9:30 — Alexandra Towns — Coding qualitative data

  • 10:00 — Robbie Hart — Data exploration and analysis methods

  • 10:30 — Hank Stevens — R for Bayesian linear models or linear mixed models

  • 11:00 — David Picking — An overview of the Species "At Risk" Assessment Tool developed by United Plant Savers

  • 11:30 — Rest break

  • 11:45 — Cassandra Quave — Introduction to phytochemical methods

  • 12:15 — Natalie Mueller — Introduction to paleoethnobotanical methods

  • 12:45 — Kelly Kindscher — Sustainable plant harvest – Echinacea angustifolia and Ligusticum porteri case studies

  • 1:15 — David Stringer — Linguistic methods for ethnobotanists

  • 1:45 — Ina Vandebroek — Manuscript preparation

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