The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and international research center, advances and disseminates knowledge through teaching, research and public service with an emphasis on Alaska, the circumpolar North and their diverse peoples. UAF–America’s arctic university–promotes academic excellence, student success and lifelong learning. UAF has seven campuses across the state. There are currently about 11,034 students enrolled with undergraduates making up the majority.

Courses

Introduction to Ethnobotany (EBOT 100, 3 credits)
This course surveys basic concepts of botany and ethnobotany, with emphasis on the native flora of Alaska and how people use these plants. Students will gain a basic understanding of plant biology and taxonomy; scientific methods of plant collection, including identification and curation; as well as the use of native Alaska plants for food and medicines, ethnobotanical methods of collecting plant-use information from indigenous cultures, and ways that this information contributes to other fields of study, such as resource management, community development, and human health.

Seminar in Ethnobotany (EBOT 200, 1 credit)
This course surveys basic concepts of ethnobotany and ethnoecology, with emphasis on how people use plants, the role of plants in traditional food systems, and the dynamics of human-plant-ecosystem interactions in a context of rapid social, ecological and climatic change.

Ethical Wildcrafting (EBOT 210, 1 credit)
This course will provide a better understanding of the industry of wildcrafting; the gathering, harvesting, processing and, in some cases, marketing of nontimber forest products. Specific examples from Alaska will be used to illustrate all aspects of this course, from identification of native flora, to a conceptualization of the unique market niche that Alaskan natural products fill, to native plant propagation and finally, to effects of invasive plants on wildcrafting.

Ethnobotanical Techniques (EBOT 220, 2 credits)
This course will equip students with required skills for conducting field investigations into the human use of plants by providing students experience with interviewing elders and other community members about their use of native plants.

Ethnobotanical Chemistry (EBOT 230, 3 credits)
This course will provide the student with a basic understanding of chemical structure and function of medicinally active plant compounds. With this knowledge the student will be able to discern how and why plants produce primary and secondary compounds, learn how humans have made use of these compounds, and be introduced to methods used to isolate and deliver plant-derived compounds.

Departments

UAF Ethnobotany

Other Links

Kuskokwim Campus

Faculty

Rose Meier (Program Coordinator) (fnram2@uaf.edu)
Mary Pete (Campus Director) (mpete@alaska.edu)
Kevin Jernigan (kjernigan@alaska.edu)