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SEB Student Council

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of us – about SEB and the student group in general, opportunities or resources you would like to see us work with the SEB Council to make possible, or about our individual research!

After receiving a record number of applications, our student committee voted to expand our team from nine to eleven student members. We hail from diverse programs worldwide, and hope our diverse perspectives will increase student involvement in Economic Botany, broadly defined.

Alex O’Neill
Student Representative to the SEB Council 2016-2018
President of the Student Committee. Alex is a graduate candidate at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment pursing dual masters in Environmental Management (MEM) and Forestry (MF). He has spent several years conducting ethnobotanical fieldwork South Asia, first as a David L. Boren Scholar in Nepal and later as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar in Sikkim. After graduation, Alex hopes to join teams at the US Department of State integrating science into evidence-based policies.

Susanne Masters
Student Representative Elect to the SEB Council 2017-2019
Susanne has an MSc in Ethnobotany and is currently working on PhD research on wild harvesting and trade of edible orchids with Naturalis Biodiversity Center and University of Leiden. Has been on fieldwork looking at wild plant trade in numerous places from Hong Kong and Yunnan to Turkey and Madagascar. Connects with local botany in the UK as a member of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and the Association of Foragers. Is keen to promote connection between science and people enjoying outdoor pursuits, and writes about plants and the outdoors for an assortment of publications from Orchid Review to the BBC. Susanne works on product development and has led workshops for the Open Science Network on product development, plant identification using non-visual clues, and local plant and garden tours for the SEB 2014 meeting in Plymouth. Susanne has special interest in aquatic botany and ethnobotany.