Robbie Hart

Assistant Curator
High Elevation Ethnobotany and GLORIA

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

office phone: + 1-314-577-9473 x6318
fax: + 1-314-577-0800


Ph.D., University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2015

2004- B.A. (Linguistics), Swarthmore College, PA

2000- A.A., Peninsula College, WA (honors)

Curriculum vitae

General Research Interests

Ethnobotany / Ethnobiology
Plant Ecology
Climate Change
Montane and Alpine Ecosystems

Current Projects

Best practices in mountain ecological and social-ecological monitoring

Longterm monitoring of alpine biodiversity, ethnobotanical knowledge, and climate change in the Himalaya and Caucasus

Climate-driven change in Himalayan Rhododendron: phenology and distribution over the last 100 years

Patterns and processes in Himalayan biodiversity and the linguistic knowledge base



Robbie Hart, Elizabeth M. Georgian, and Jan Salick. 2016. ‘Fast and Cheap in the Fall: Phylogenetic determinants of late flowering phenologies in Himalayan Rhododendron (Ericaceae)’. American Journal of Botany 103: doi: 10.3732/ajb.1500440. [Link]

Rainer Bussmann, Narel Y. Paniagua Zambrana, Laura A. Moya Huanca and Robbie Hart. 2016. Changing markets - medicinal plants in the markets of La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2016.07.074. [Link]

Hassan Sher, Rainer Bussmann, Robbie Hart, and Hugo J. de Boer. 2016. ‘Traditional use of medicinal plants among Kalasha, Ismaeli and Sunni groups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan’. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2016.04.059. [Link]

Ryan J. Thoni and Robbie Hart. 2015. ‘Repatriating a lost name: notes on McClelland and Griffith’s Cobitis boutanensis (Cypriniformes: Nemacheilidae)’. Zootaxa 3999: 291 – 294. [Link]

Robbie Hart, Jan Salick, Sailesh Ranjitkar, and Xu Jianchu. 2014. ‘Herbarium specimens show contrasting phenological responses to Himalayan climate’. PNAS 111:29 10615-10619. [Link]

Sailesh Ranjitkar, Roeland Kindt, Nani Maiya Sujakhu, Robbie Hart, Wen Guo, Xuefei Yang, Krishna Kumar Shrestha, Jianchu Xu, Eike Luedeling. 2014. ‘Separation of the bioclimatic spaces of Himalayan tree rhododendron species predicted by ensemble suitability models’. Global Ecology and Conservation 1: 2-12. [Link]

Book chapters

Robbie Hart, Wayne Law and Peter Wyse Jackson. 2014. ‘Biocultural collections for conservation’. In Curating Biocultural Collections, Jan Salick, Katie Konchar and Mark Nesbitt (eds.), pp. 329-346. Kew Press. [Link]

Robbie Hart. 2007 ‘Written Word, Oral World’. In Book of Peoples of the World, Wade Davis, K David Harrison and Catherine Herbert Howell (eds.), pp. 252-255. National Geographic Society. [Link]

Books & theses

Climate-driven Change in Himalayan Rhododendron Phenology. 2015. Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Biology, University of Missouri - St. Louis. [Link]

Up and Down the Mountain. 2004. BA Thesis, Department of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, PA. [Link]


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