The Society for Economic Botany

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SEB Student Committee

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!

We hail from diverse programs worldwide, and hope our diverse perspectives will increase student involvement in Economic Botany, broadly defined.

Susanne Masters
Student Representative 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.

Betsabé Castro Escobar

Graduate Ambassador. Betsy is a third-year PhD candidate in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California-Berkeley. Her general research interests lie at the intersection of evolution, tropical ecology, biogeography, and ethnobotany. She is especially interested in how humans can promote evolutionary responses and plasticity in culturally significant plants in the Caribbean Basin. Calabash trees (Crescentias spp.) are the focus of her current research.

Danielle Nicole Cicka

Student Representative-Elect to the SEB Council 2018-2020 

Danielle is an MD/PhD candidate at Emory University. As she constructed her academic path and learned from ethnobotanists, she envisioned how to sustainably utilize plant-based therapies to fill the gap in the world’s health care needs. For her PhD research, she hopes to incorporate an ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery from natural products in ultimate support of finding novel therapies, supporting local communities, preventing neglected diseases, and providing accessible health care.