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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.

Karsten Fatur
Student Representative to the SEB Council

Karsten FaturKarsten is a PhD student at the university of Ljubljana whose research focuses on medicinal and hallucinogenic plant usage in Europe, with special focus on the Solanaceae. His interests lie not only in current plant use, but also past traditions as well as ritual, folklore, and worldviews, as well as the various overlapping regions of these concepts.

Lukaš Pawera
Student Representative - Elect

Lukaš PaweraLukas is an ethnobotanist and multidisciplinary researcher specialized in agrobiodiversity, nutrition-sensitive agriculture and sustainable food systems. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague with project linking agrobiodiversity and local knowledge with dietary outcomes of women farmers in rural Indonesia. Lukas is also with the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, where he is mentoring a cadre of indigenous youths to come forward to strengthen their indigenous food systems. Lukas is committed to research-for-development, building capacity of vulnerable ones, leveraging potential of local resources, and aiming for impact on the ground.

Matthew Bond
Graduate Ambassador

Matthew BondMatthew is a PhD candidate at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa interested in ethnobotany of Oceania. He is primarily interested in why people use certain plant species and plant parts medicinally, rather than others, and tests how the people, plants, and illnesses around you affect your medicinal plant knowledge. He has extensive fieldwork experiences, and just returned from a summer experience in the Solomon Islands.

Brandon Dale
Graduate Ambassador

Brandon DaleI am an ethnobotanist and pharmacognocist, with particular interests in medical ethnobotany and natural product drug discovery for cancers. I am a dual degree student of medicine (MD) and basic science (PhD) Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Discovery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. I have a keen interest in natural product therapy development and medical ethnobotany. I look forward to sharing my passions for the field of ethnobotany, while creating opportunities for other students to access mentors, internships and SEB resources. I am especially interested in increasing the cross-talk of graduate students in ethnobotany and biomedical
research fields, and look forward to creating a larger network of ethnobotanical researchers.

Kim Walker
Graduate Ambassador

Kim Walker is a PhD student on a Techne AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership between Royal Holloway and the Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her work focuses on collections based research and the historic development of medicinal plants, with a focus on Cinchona. She is based in London, UK.

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz
Undergraduate Ambassador

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz, a Puerto Rican, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been an outspoken advocate for social and environmental equity since childhood. She has presented on these topics at various venues, including Medgar Evers College, CUNY and the American Museum of Natural History. Gabriela has conducted scientific research in Conservation Biology and Food Justice with the American Museum of Natural History and the Mellon Transfer Student Research Program at Brooklyn College. She has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society as a docent/educator, and more recently, with the Environmental Education Program at Wave Hill Public Garden. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communications in the CUNY BA program, and serving as co-director for The Environmental Action Lab, a non-profit she established in 2019. She is also working as editorial assistant for a book titled Healing Paradise: A Radically Reimagined Ethnobotany of the Caribbean to be published in 2021 by Dio Publications.