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SEB Student Council

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Alex O’Neill

Alex O’Neill
Student Representative to the SEB Council 2016-2018

Alex graduated Magna cum Laude from Georgetown University where he earned a BSc in Environmental Biology and BA in Anthropology. A Washington, D.C. native, Alex’s academic interests include conservation science, historical ecology, and environmental policy. As a Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar, he conducted independent research into wetland transformation in the Eastern Himalaya, and used oral narratives to buttress nascent spring renewal programs in Sikkim. Alex plans to pursue a MESc at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and is currently working at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Biodiversity Assessment Unit.


Susanne Masters

Susanne Masters
Student Representative Elect to the SEB Council 2017-2019
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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.

 


Danielle Nicole Cicka

Danielle Nicole Cicka
Student Council Member At-large 2016-2018

I am an MD/PhD candidate at Emory University. As an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, I studied biology and political science with coursework in anthropology. As I constructed my academic path and learned from ethnobotanists, I envisioned how to sustainably utilize plant-based therapies to fill the gap in the world’s health care needs. For my PhD research, I hope 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.

 

 


James Conner

James Conner
Student Council Member At-large 2016-2018

I am a second year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University. I did my undergraduate at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, where I studied  Biology and Chemistry with a minor in Spanish.  My first interest in Ethnobotoany was  when I took an undergraduate mycology class and I got interested in the medicinal properties of mushrooms. When I got to medical school I actually got to start research on those properties and we looked at how alpha Amanitin causes apoptosis in Nematodes. Currently we are writing a grant to do research on the Amatoxins with human cancer cells. I hope to keep researching the medicinal effects that plants can give us. 

 

 

 






Kris Dimnik

Kris Dimnik
Student Council Member Undergraduate 2016-2018

After farming organic vegetables and fruits for five years across Canada, I worked as the head gardener at one of Canada’s National Historic Sites. Research for my job led me to the fascinating world of historic gardens and more specifically walled kitchen gardens. It was through my passion for walled kitchen gardens that I discovered Ethnobotany. I realized that Ethnobotany was the perfect fit for me and so in January 2016, I took a leap and started an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology as a mature student at Trent University in Peterborough Ontario Canada. Trent has a strong Indigenous studies program and I hope that I will be able to learn about medical plants from the Elders while I am here. I am fascinated by many topics related to plants and people but ultimately my goal is to work with and research Cacti in the desert.