William L. Brown Center Staff
 
Rainer W. Bussmann


Director, William L. Brown Curator for Economic Botany, Senior Curator

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Jan Salick


Alice H. Brown Curator of Ethnobotany, Senior Curator

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Armand Randianasolo


Curator

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Wendy Applequist


Associate Curator

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Robbie Hart


Assistant Curator

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Tefy H. Andriamihajarivo


Research Specialist

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Miandry Fagnarena


Research Specialist

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Eric Feltz


Research Specialist

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Ashley Glenn


Research Specialist

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Jessie Griffard


Research Specialist

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Nivo H. Rakotoarivelo

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Fortunat Rakotoarivony


Research Specialist

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Tabita Randrianarivony


Research Specialist

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Lucien Rasoaviety


Research Specialist

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Aina Razanatsima


Research Specialist

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Carolina Romero

Research Specialist

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Andrew Townesmith


Research Specialist

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Research Assistants

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Research Associates

Trish Flaster

Trish Flaster is the Executive Director of Botanical Liaisons, LLC, and is a professionally trained ethnobotanist. She has worked in the natural products industry since 1973 and has been a pioneer in implementing botanical standards and integrating cultural knowledge into Dietary Supplements and Pharmaceutical research. 

Sarah K. Khan

Dr. Sarah K. Khan is the director of Tasting Cultures Foundation, and has for years closely cooperated with us in the development of programs and activities in relation to traditional food use. 



Alyse Kuhlman

Alyse Kuhlman received a B.S. in Anthropology at Washington University St. Louis.  After working at the William L. Brown Center for many years as project coordinator for the Madagascar Ethnobotany Program and DNA Bank, she has returned to Washington University to coordinate students in the Anthropology department. 

Reinaldo Farias Paiva de Lucena

Dr. Farias Paiva de Lucena is a tenured professor at Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB) in Brazil. He has experience in the areas of Botany and Ecology, with emphasis on Ethnobotany, researching mainly on the following topics: ethnobiology, ethnobotany, ethnozoology, caatinga landscapes, traditional populations and conservation of biodiversity. He is the author of many books and articles with emphasis on the spirituality of the Catholic Church.

Will McClatchey

A colleague of Rainer Bussmann's at the University of Hawaii, Dr. McClatchey was the Vice President of Science at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and also a member of the WLBC advisory board. 

Betty Millán Salaza

The WLBC is closely collaborating with Dr. Betty Millán at Universidad Mayor de San Marcos and the Museo de Historia Natural in Peru to establish a permanent course in the graduate curriculum of UNSM. 


Narel Paniagua

Dr. Narel Yaroslava Paniagua Zambrana is a Research Associate of the Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia. She has worked in close collaboration with the WLBC on several ethnobotanical research projects in Peru, Bolivia the Caucasus and Madagascar.


Douglas Sharon

Dr. Doug Sharon is one of the foremost experts on South American Shamanism. A retired professor at Berkeley, he and Rainer Bussmann have worked together for decades, and are continuing to research medicinal plant use in Peru and Ecuador.


William Tuladhar-Douglas

Dr. Will Tuladhar-Douglas studies ecosocial anthropology, ethnobiology, and the conservation of biocultural diversity through the University of Aberdeen; he is working with Robbie Hart in the Himalayan region and Nepal.


Ina Vandebroek

Dr. Ina Vandebroek is a colleague from New York Botanical Garden, and has done great work on traditional plant use in the Andes and amongst the Caribbean communities in New York City, as well as on the interface of traditional medicine and public health. 

Carlos Vega

Carlos Vega coordinated all the field logistics for the Chilchos floristics and conservation coffee project and maintained the WLBC's good relationship with the community and others working at the site. As president of WLBC’s partner NGO INBIAPERU, Carlos is implementing WLBC’s conservation efforts in the Amazonas and San Martin regions, and is responsible for the market development of conservation products. 

Karen Meyer Walker

Karen Meyer Walker received a B.S. in Botany from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University. She has conducted field research in the Kingdom of Tonga, West Africa, and Bolivia. With WLBC, she identifies and collects plants of North America for the ongoing collaboration projects with National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi.