Alaska Ethnobotany
Alaska Ethnobotany

Alaska Ethnobotany

Exploring the Relationships Between People and Plants

Alaska Ethnobotany Program (EBOT)

Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships between people and plants. Ethnobotany as an academic discipline is relatively young and interdisciplinary in nature; it builds on concepts and methods from the humanities and the sciences,...

Funding and Partners

The Alaska Ethnobotany Program is part of the Drumbeats Consortium funded by the Alaska Native-Serving and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions Education Competitive Grants Program [grant no. 2019-38426-30390/project accession no. 1020604] from the USDA National Institute of...

Why study Ethnobotany?

Ethnobotany has a broad range of applications. No matter what their professional backgrounds and motivations to study ethnobotany are, our students share a common interest in plants and the multiple roles they play for human...

EBOT Courses & Degrees

EBOT Courses & Programs

Our new degree, the Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC) in Ethnobotany as a replacement for the Certificate has recently been approved and added to the UAF catalog. Currently, all courses are distance delivered. We hope to be able offer EBOT 100, Introduction to Ethnobotany as a field course again in the future. Our College, CRCD, offers in-state tuition to all of our online students, no matter where they live! Thanks to our generous funder, USDA NIFA, we are able to offer a limited amount of tuition scholarships. Please contact us for details.

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Student Projects

View some highlighted final projects from Applied Ethnobotany Fall and Spring (EBOT 250/251). Find more project posts here.

Learning to Work With Beach Ryegrass

Leymus mollis (Trin.) Pilg. Introduction Grasses, along with many plant fibers, played a significant role in humanity’s ability to innovate and survive. All of our...
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Botanical Information Species: Pandanus tectorius Parkinson ex Du Roi (Pandanaceae) Common names: thatch screwpine, hala tree, pandanus Hawaiian name: pu hala (Carr, 2002) Pandanus tectorius...
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Artemisia- Moon Plants for Women

Throughout my research I kept finding recurring associations between Artemisia species and women’s health. All over the world, leaves have been used for a range...
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Chaga Tincture

Inonotus obliquus (Ach. ex Pers.) Pilat Chaga is a parasitic fungus that grows in northern (boreal) forests on birch trees. It’s been part of Russian...
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EBOT 100 Introduction to Ethnobotany

In 2022, EBOT 100 will be offered in two modalities; students can choose between six weeks of fully online-delivered content or a blended online and face-to-face course. For the blended course, students will first complete four weeks of online assignments and then meet for a week-long field course in Bethel, Alaska. Both courses introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of ethnobotany, conduct their own hands-on ethnobotanical projects and learn from Elders. More…

View Photos from the EBOT 100 field course

What do previous students say?

“Ebot was an enjoyable class that has made me appreciate how plants play an important role in cultures. I especially enjoyed those ahh-hah moments that occurred many times as I learned about plants within the Yup’ik Culture. I can’t wait to use what I learned in Ebot 100 in my own Elementary classroom!”
~Renee Green, Hooper Bay, AK. EBOT 100 Student, 2019

“My favorite part of the class, aside from being able to learn about new plants and eating my weight in berries on the tundra, was spending time with the Elders and others in the community- listening to what they had to share as well as bearing witness to the resilience of a language and people who are still here despite settler colonialism.”
~Taisia Yamamura, Waianae, HI.  EBOT 100 Student, 2019

“The EBOT100 course is an irreplaceable, life-changing opportunity that allows students the hands-on experience of conducting Ethnobotanical research and to learn indispensable knowledge about Alaskan culture concerning plants in person from Yup’ik Elders in the realms of health, nutrition, and functional use (…)”
~ Derek Zeller, Manhattan, KS. EBOT 100 Student, 2019.


See what's new with the Ethnobotany Program! Access the news archive here.

Ethnobotany Panel at the AFE 2022

Invited Ethnobotany Panel at the 2022 Alaska Forum on the Environment: Where Culture and Plants Entwine Presenters: Meda DeWitt: People, Plants, and Culture: Understanding through...
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Ethnobotany popular at 2021 ONC Science and Culture Camp

In late July 2021, EBOT instructor Lisa Strecker joined the Ethnobotany instructor team, Sara Murray and Gloria Simeon, to work with local Elders and youth...
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Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates!!

In the 2021 UAF Kuskokwim Campus graduation ceremony, 23 students were awarded a Certificate in Ethnobotany; three students who had earned their certificate in 2020...
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