Working with Local Empirically Trained Environmental Experts

Research Team

Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D.

Research Associate

To ethnobotanists, environmental anthropologists, etc., “empirically trained” refers to someone who has become an expert in his/her own environment without having received a formal education. Empirically trained environmentalists are often keen observers of their locale. They take every opportunity to ask questions of and learn from anyone who can impart knowledge about the natural world. They are often very willing to share their knowledge, as well, so researchers link with them and other community members for the mutual benefit of all.