Oct 19, 2020
On episode 67 of Foodie Pharmacology, Dr. Quave chats with Dr. Robbie Hart, Director of the William L. Brown Center at Missouri Botanical Garden. Robbie is an ethnobotanist and explorer with expertise in agrobiodiversity of the Himalayas, where he studies high-elevation plant ecology, climate change, and ethnobotany. He shares some insights into his work on these topics and also explains how to make a delicious cup of yak butter tea, a local staple in the Himalayas!
ABOUT OUR GUEST
Dr. Robbie Hart is a scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden, where he directs the William L. Brown Center, a team of researchers 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.
Dr. Hart’s research is on high-elevation plant ecology, climate change, and ethnobotany, and particularly the areas in which these three topics overlap. I often find myself working on projects involving rhododendrons, the eastern Himalaya, and quantitative ethnobotany.
Brown Center Website: wlbcenter.org
Follow Dr. Hart on Twitter: @Oreotrephes
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