The Society for Ethnobotany

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

Julia F. Morton Award

Photo by Frank D. Venning

This award was created at the 1997 Council Meeting, to honor the late Julia F. Morton, and was first awarded in 1997. The award is to be presented for the best poster at the annual meeting for students or young professionals (5 years or less post-doctoral experience). The recipient recceives an award certificate and $500.00. Eligible young professionals should indicate their eligibility for this prize when they submit their abstract to the annual meeting.




Nneka Akwu, North-West University, South Africa
"Micromorphology, histochemistry, elemental and total phenolic analyses of Gomphocarpus fruticosus (L.) W.T. Aiton leaves with potential anti-depressant properties."


James Ojacastro, Washington University
"The papermaking syndrome: Using functional traits to explain patterns in ethnobotany"

2020-2021 No Awards Given


Lan Truong, CUNY, New York Botanical Garden
"Traditional Vietnamese medicine for diabetes treatment in southern Vietnam"

Elspeth Mathau, University of Kent
"Adaptation to changing fodder accessibility in two Moroccan High Atlas mountain communities"

Florencia Pech-Cardenas, University of Minnesota
"Linking Heritage Tourism, Livelihoods, & Natural Resources Management in Mayan Communities"

Daniel E. Williams, Ohio University
"The Role of Polymorphism in Chenopodium Domestication"

Lucas Pawera, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague
“Could Bio-cultural Refugia Safeguard Important Reservoirs of Traditional Plant Knowledge in Highly Industrialized Countries?”

Honorable Mention
Francesca Scotti, Anastasia Agapouda, Anthony Booker, Debora Frommenwiler, Eike Reich, and Michael Heinrich, University College, London School of Pharmacy
“Quality of St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L.): An Investigation of Marketed Products.

John de la Parra, Northeastern University
“Herbivory-induced Metabolite Biosynthesis and Diversification in Ethnopharmacological Context”

Sandra Bogdanova, The Arctic University of Norway
Bark food: continuity and change of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) inner bark use by Sami people, Fennoscandia.

Janessa Aneke, Emory University

Phytochemical profiling of plants based on different ethnobotanical use categories.

Jocelyn Mueller

Tackling the Expert Trap: Parataxonomists emply folk taxonomy to monitor local biodiversity and ecology.

Juan Manuel Otálora Villamil

Traditional use of feijoa (Acca sellowiana (Berg.) Burret) in southern Brazil.

Amanda Vickers

Chromatographic Quantification of Medicinal Compounds in Flowering and Non-flowering Wild-Harvested Actaea racemosa L..

Xitlali Aguirre-Dugua

The gourd tree Crescentia cujete: phylogeography and ethnobotany of a useful fruit in Mexico.

Rebecca Hamilton

Investigations of Essential Oil Combinations as Antimicrobial Agents in Cosmetics.

Neeva Shrestha
(University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Brian Doyle
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr.: An Herbal Therapeutic from Costa Rica for Women’s Health. (PDF Abstract)

Surote Paengma (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Study on Wisdom of traditional healer employing sanding medicine in northeast Thailand.(PDF Abstract)
Co-authors: Chayan Picheansoonthon, Prathan Luecha and Vichai Chokevivat.

Arika Virapongse (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Ethnomedicine of the Kui. (PDF Abstract)
Co-authors: Chayan Picheansoonthon and Julraht Konsil.

Tegan Jones
(Northwestern University)
In Search of Ramon: A Paleoethnobotanical Study of Plant Remains from Tikkal.
Co-authors: Renate Pudzisz, Chris Morehart, and David Lentz.

Linda Lyon
(Frostburg State University)
Traditional Healing in the Contemporary Life of the Antanosy People of Madagascar.

Sarah Khan
(New York Botanical Garden – CUNY)
Madhumeha: diabetes mellitus and classical Ayurvedic formulations for treatment.

Adam Edwards (Florida International University)
Variation of Caffeine and Related Alkaloids in Ilex vomitoria Ait. (Yaupon holly):
A Model of Intraspecific Alkaloid Variation

Anna Herforth (Cornell University)
Anti-Fungal Plants of the Peruvian Amazon: A Survey of Ethnomedical Uses and Biological Activity.
Co-authors: Juan Ruiz, Esteban Mosquera, Maria Laux, and Eloy Rodriguez.

Sandra Banack
(University of Hawai`i)
Ethnoecological conservation of totora (Schoenoplectus californicus, Cyperaceae) in Peru.

Michael Walker

Ethnobotanical investigation of Acjachemen percussion instruments.

1999 No Award granted
Annual Meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the XVI International Botanical Congress.

Anne Martinussen
(Aarhus University, Denmark)
The Use of Natural Plant Resources in the Village of Medina Kouta, Senegal.

D. Milanowski
(Washington University, St. Louis)
Benzylisoquinoline Alkaloids of Croton lechleri Muell. Arg., A Source of the Wound-Healing Latex ‘Sangre de Drago' from Northern Peru.