Field Ethnobotany

Washington College 2023

eating paw paws

Ethnobotany is the study of the interaction between people and plants. We explore the methods used in ethnobotany, some of the theories and frameworks that guide ethnobotanical research, and ethical issues. Students independently research cultural uses of plants found in the mid-Atlantic region. This course is offered through the Anthropology Department.

I co-taught the course in Fall 2023 with Dr. Aaron Lampman. A pawpaw hunt, American chestnut harvest, wild persimmon and asparagus are highlights of our trips. Find our project" Washington College Ethnobotany" on iNaturalist.

ANT 194 Field Ethnobotany course syllabus (pdf)