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Join UD alum Dr. Michael Balick as he talks about his work studying plants used in tradtional healing by indigenous culture, the science of ethnomedicine, and his research in New York City, studying traditional healing practices inethnic communities in the urban environment. Described as "one of the great botanical experts of our time," Dr. Balick has a specialty in medicinal and food plants, and the role they play in traditional health care systems. Since the early 1980's he has worked with indigenous cultures around the world studying how people interact with the plants in their environment, and toward conservation of biological and cultural diversity. He has workjed to document their plant knowledge, understand the environmental effects of their traditional management systems, and develop sustainable utilitization systems, while ensuring that the benefits of this work are always shared with local communities. Originally from Delaware, Dr. Balick will also discuss the trajectory of his career, starting with the University of Delaware.
Michael's latest book, Rodale's 21st Century Herbal: A Practical Guide for Healthy Living Using Natures' Most Powerful Plants will be available for purchase and to sign. The book has been inspired by texts known as "herbals," a genre of books published widely during the 15th-18th centuries that contain information on the therapeutic use of plants.
Dr. Michael Balick received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University, with an undergraduate major in horticulture and plant science from the University of Delaware. Dr. Balick references Dr. Richard W. Lighty as one of his mentors. currently, he is Vice President for Botanical Science and Director of Philecology Curator of the Institutute of Economic botany at the New york Botanical Garden. The author of more than 16 scientific and general interest books and monographs, he teaches ethnobotany at Columbia University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor, in additionto New York University, Yale University, and City University of New York.
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