William L. Brown Center
Our Mission

The William L. Brown Center (WLBC) is dedicated to the study of useful plants, understanding the relationships between humans, plants, and their environment, the conservation of plant species, and the preservation of traditional knowledge
for the benefit of future generations.

Recent WLBC News

The 9th William L. Brown Award has been presented to Dr. Gary Nabhan. Learn more here.

Science News featured the Dr. Armand Randrianasolo's research in the article: The first step in using trees to slow climate change: Protect the trees we have.

WLBC Director Dr. Robbie Hart has been selected as part of the Explorers Club Explorers 50: Fifty People Changing the World.

Dr. Armand Randrianasolo's collaborative work with Washington University in St. Louis at the WLBC Vohibe community-led conservation site was featured in a photo-filled news item on March 30, 2021.

Dr. Emily Warschefksy brings attention to crop wild relatives as an important genetic resource with this January 26, 2021 publication in PNAS

James Lucas, WLBC graduate student and Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. The announcement highlights James's dissertation work on the ethnobotany of paper plants.

We are pleased to welcome two new staff members: Aurora Prehn will be curating our growing Biocultural Artifacts collection, and Natalie Konig will be assisting with our botanical collection program and our Himalayan climate change program.

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