Wild medicinal plants play a prominent role in the biological and cultural worlds we inhabit everyday. As iconic landscapes of the Southwest evolve, observing plant responses to environmental change can inform our understanding of botanical medicine and illustrate the impacts of economic land use and climate change. Join us for a discussion of landscape history, an exploration of some medicinal plants of our region, and what we can learn about botanical medicine through ecological perspectives. Presented in partnership with UNM Press.

Dara Saville is the founder of Albuquerque Herbalism, a bioregional herbal studies program, and the executive director of the Yerba Mansa Project, a non-profit organization. She has an MS in geography and environmental studies from UNM and is the author of her first book through UNM Press, The Ecology of Herbal Medicine: A Guide to Plants and Living Landscapes of the American Southwest (March 2021).