Yale Ethnobotany and Mycology Society (YEMS)


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The Yale student interest group Yale Ethnobotany and Mycology Society (YEMS) promotes the study of people and plants by providing a network to bridge YSE students whose research or personal interests touch upon ethnobotany, economic botany, traditional ecological knowledge, and the sustainable use of non-timber forest products. The objectives of YEMS are to promote knowledge exchange and broad skill building in botany and ethnobotany amongst the YSE community through events such as edible plant ID hikes, the YEMS journal club, field trips, speaker events, lecture series, seed exchanges, and workshops. YEMS also collaborates with the CAFÉ SIG to sponsor an ongoing series of urban homesteading skillshares on topics ranging from canning to soap-making to meadery.

Past, present and future club activities include: edible plant foraging in East Rock park, plant collecting and pressing workshops, a week long Herbal Uppers series, YSE seed swap, making cocoa, from bean to chocolate, field trips to NYBG to visit YSE associate professors Dr. Chuck Peters from the Institute of Economic Botany and Dr. Larry Kelly and Dr. Fabian Michelangeli from the Institute of Systematic Botany, Synsepalum dulcificum tasting, a series of dinners with ethnobotanists, the Key Club, and journal club discussions of current and influential literature in economic botany and ethnobotany.

SIG Leaders

Emily Sigman    emily.sigman@yale.edu
Schuyler Borden    Schuyler.borden@yale.edu
Theo Breen    Theodoretus.breen@yale.edu