Andrew Townesmith

Research Specialist

William L. Brown Center
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299 USA

office phone: + 1-314-577-0833
fax: + 1-314-577-0800
email: andrew.townesmith@mobot.org


Education

2004 M.S. Botany, University of Connecticut
1999 B.A. Biology/Anthropology, Grinnell College

General Research Interests

Ethnobotany
Food Plant Diversity
Domestication/Origins of Agriculture
Historical Ecology
Invasive Plants
Folk Taxonomy

Current Projects

Natural products discovery
Evaluation of medicinal plants (primarily Sambucus and Actaea spp.)
Science communication/education about food plants

Field Experience

·      Collected plants throughout the United States for natural products discovery, with significant time spent in Hawaii, California, Oregon, Colorado, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Also collected for natural products discovery in Peru and Vietnam
Botanical inventories and ecological studies in Oregon and Connecticut
General collecting in Peru and Costa Rica
Historical ecology study in Belize

Selected Publications

Bussmann, R.W., Malca, G., Glenn, A., Sharon, D., Nilsen, B., Parris, B., Dubose, D., Ruiz, D., Saleda, J., Martinez, M., Carillo, L., Walker, K., Kuhlman, A., Townesmith, A. (2011). Toxicity of medicinal plants used in Northern Peru. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 137: 121-140.

Bussmann, R.W., Glenn, A., Sharon, D., Chait, G., Díaz, D., Pourmand, K., Jonat, B., Somogy, S., Guardado, G., Aguirre, C., Meyer, K., Rothrock, A., Townesmith, A. (2011). Antibacterial activity of Northern Peruvian medicinal plants. Ethnobotany Research and Application 9: 67-96.

Bussmann, R.W., Malca, G., Glenn, A., Sharon, D., Chait, G., Díaz, D., Pourmand, K., Jonat, B., Somogy, S., Guardado, G., Aguirre, C. , Meyer, K., Rothrock, A., Townesmith, A., Effio-Carbajal, J., Frías-Fernandez, F., Benito, M. (2010). Minimum inhibitory concentration of medicinal plants used in Northern Peru as antibacterial remedies. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 132: 101-108.

Bussmann, R.W., Glenn, A., Meyer, K., Rothrock, A., Townesmith, A. (2010). Herbal mixtures in traditional medicine in Northern Peru. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 6(10).

Bussmann, R.W., D. Sharon, M. Castro, R. Cardenas, G. Chait, S. Regalado, C.R. Del Toro, G. Malca, A.F. Perez, A. Glenn, K. Meyer, A. Rothrock, and A. Townesmith. (2009). Phyto-Chemical Analysis of Peruvian Medicinal Plants. Arnaldoa 16(1):105–110.

Campbell, David G., A. Ford, K. Lowell, J. Walker, J. Lake, C. Ocampo-Raeder, A. Townesmith and M. Balick. (2006). The Feral Forests of the Eastern Petén. In: Balée, W. and Erickson, C.L. (Eds.). Time and Complexity in Historical Ecology. Columbia University Press, New York. Pp. 21-55.


WLBC Staff

Curators
Rainer Willi Bussmann
Jan Salick
Armand Randrianasolo
Wendy Applequist
Robbie Hart

Research Specialists
Tefy H. Andriamihajarivo
Miandry Fagnarena
Ashley Glenn
Jessie Griffard
Fortunat Rakotoarivony
Nivo H. Rakotoarivelo
Tabita Randrianarivony
Lucien Rasoaviety
Aina Razanatsima
Andrew Townesmith

Research Assistants
Taryn Pelch

Research Associates
Trish Flaster
Sarah K. Khan
Will McClatchey
Betty Millan Salazar
Narel Paniangua
Douglas Sharon
Carolina Tellez
Will Tuladhar-Douglas
Ina Vandebroek
Carlos Vega
Karen Meyer Walker