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The Shuar are one of eight ethnic peoples currently inhabiting Amazonian Ecuador and, at a population of roughly 40,000, Amazonia's second largest indigenous population. Unconquered by the Incas and Spanish and surviving a century of colonization, the Shuar now face the more subtle threat of cultural erosion. This volume provides a wealth of information on Shuar ethnology and history and identifies 579 species of plants used by the Shuar.
Bradley C. Bennett, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Ethnobiology and Natural Products at Florida International University. Dr. Bennett holds a Master's degree in Biology from Florida Atlantic University and a Doctorate degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. He is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Earth and Environment in the School of Environment and Society. He has been president of the International Society for Economic Botany and an associate editor of the journal Economic Botany. He is a member of the American Botanical Council's Advisory Board and a senior research associate at the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Kampong Garden. His main research focus is ethnobotany in the neotropics. Dr. Bennett and his graduate assistants have worked in Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guyana, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and the United States. Bradley C Bennett's Author Page
Marc A. Baker holds an M.A. Biology, Humboldt State University; Ph.D. Botany, Arizona State University. Dr. Baker has worked as a professional botanist for over 40 years and has won over 50 contracts and grants from the U. S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Army Corp. of Engineers, Arizona Heritage Program, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service. He has also worked as a contractor through his business, Southwest Botanical Research, and as a subcontractor for numerous clients. Most of Dr. Baker's professional work has centered on the autoecology, taxonomy, and distribution of rare plant species; vegetation analysis and mapping, range analyses, and biological assessments. Dr. Baker maintains an academic career that focuses on the evolution and taxonomy of the Cactaceae and has published numerous journal articles. He has experience with GIS mapping programs, which he uses on nearly every project, some of which require mapping at the submeter level. Dr. Baker has created and maintained 2 research gardens to study native flora and promote the use of native plants in landscaping. The garden in northern Arizona is primarily for studying cold-hardy plants, primarily cacti, and has over 3,000 accessions. The garden in southern Arizona was recently established for the study of frost-sensitive species. Marc A. Baker's Author Page
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