The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes


Feb 20, 2019, 6:00 pm
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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Photo courtesy the Schultes family
Photo courtesy the Schultes family

Mark Plotkin, Co-Founder & President, The Amazon Conservation Team
Brian Hettler, GIS & New Technologies Manager, The Amazon Conservation Team

Richard Evans Schultes—ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor—is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission to study how Indigenous peoples used plants for medicinal, ritual, and practical purposes. A new interactive online map, produced by the Amazon Conservation Team, traces the landscapes and cultures that Schultes explored in the Colombian Amazon. Plotkin and Hettler will share this map and discuss the relevance of Schultes’ travels and collections for science, conservation, and education in the twenty-first century.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. 
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street. Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Presented in collaboration with Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Amazon Conservation Team and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Reception supported by the Harvard Chapter of Sigma Xi.