Upstate program: How Native Plants are Used in Malaysia
November 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The November Upstate meeting features Dixie Damrel sharing her research of how native plants are used in Malaysia. Dr. Damrel is a botanist and the curator of the Clemson University Herbarium. In 2015 she traveled to Malaysia on a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture and do research at Sarawak Biodiversity Center. At the biodiversity center she worked with the Traditional Knowledge Program, which sends fieldworkers into the forest to work with indigenous peoples to gather unusual and little-known plants. Damrel said her goal was to, ” collect, preserve and document the plants while preserving what the indigenous peoples say about their plants and their use.”
Damrel says, “Ecologically, Malaysia is a fascinating place and a real treasure house of plant biodiversity. It holds some truly ancient ecosystems and has what some say are the oldest undisturbed equatorial tropical rain-forests on Earth.” Damrel will share her experiences, her research and her insights at the November 20 meeting at 7pm at Southern Wesleyan University. The meeting will be held on the lower floor of Founders Hall Dining Commons.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to https://www.scnps.org.