Jessie Griffard

Research Specialist

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

Office phone: (314) 577-5100 ext. 6121
Fax: (314) 577-0800


B.A. English, Spanish, and Cultural Anthropology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2010

Research Interests

Tropical Montane Cloud Forest Ecology
Cultural Anthropology
Medicinal Plants
Ecological Education

Current Projects

Collecting plants for natural product study at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri and at the Shaw Nature Reserve located in Gray Summit, Missouri
Market collections of medicinal plants in Peru (2014)
Data entry of medicinal plants and plants of economic importance to the Chacobo Indians of Bolivia
Elderberry collection throughout the Southeast and the Northeast USA

Field Experience

 Costa Rica (2008, 2011, 2012).  Worked as a resident naturalist in the tropical montane forest of San Luis in the region of Monteverde, Costa Rica.

The Galapagos, Ecuador (2013).  Worked with the University of Missouri-St. Louis on a long-standing research project that monitors avian malaria in the Galapagos and the relationship between Galapagos birds and mosquitoes.

Peru, (2014).  Worked alongside the Garden’s Peruvian counterparts to collect medicinal plants from the local markets of Trujillo and Chiclayo, Peru.  


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