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2017 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology

Friday, 07 April, 2017

Robert Bye, Ph.D., and Edelmira Linares, Ph.D.,  of the Jardín Botánico del Instituto de Biología Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), will be the guest presenters at the 2017 John Dwyer Lecture in Biology.

The event, which is hosted by the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University and the Missouri Botanical Garden, will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Schoenberg Theater at the Garden. The event is free and open to the public.

The title of this year’s lecture is “We Are Accustomed to Endure Hunger: Ethnobotanical Dialogs Advocate Mexican Biocultural Diversity Conservation.”

The lecture will include:

  • An introduction to the biological and culture diversities of Mexico -- one of the five mega-biodiversity countries in the world.
  • Presentation of examples of their research on food and medicinal plants.
  • Re-valorization of “milpa” and amplification of availability of products from this agroecosystem (maize, squash, edible greens)
  • Ethnobotanical challenges presented by mutualisms (host plants, insects, humans)

About Robert Bye, Ph.D.
Robert Bye is a professor at the botanical garden within the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976 and has studied the economic botany of rural Mexicans for more than 40 years. Bye is the author and coauthor of more 350 scientific papers, books and book chapters, and popular articles, many with his wife, the noted ethnobotanist, Dr. Edelmira Linares. 

He is an honorary appointee of the Smithsonian, New York Botanical Garden and the University of Colorado.  Among many honors, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard gave Professor Bye an Antonio Madero Fellowship. He has received additional awards from other institutions and has had three new plant species named after him.

The Dwyer lecture is funded by the family of the late John Dwyer, professor emeritus of biology at Saint Louis University, through private donations, and held in collaboration with the Missouri Botanical Garden.