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Conservation Botany and Ethnography Field School Announcement

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The Maya Research Program (MRP- www.mayaresearchprogram.org/) and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT- www.brit.org) are hosting a Conservation Botany and Ethnography Field School in two Yucatec Mayan-speaking villages in Yucatán, Mexico July 17th to August 16th, 2015. The session will provide students (undergraduate and graduate levels) and participants with intensive field experiences in both conservation botany and ethnographic methods around ethnobotanical problems. The faculty consists of a professional ethnobotanist, pharmacologist, medical and environmental anthropologist, human ecologist, and archaeologist, plus local experts in Maya plant ecology, Maya cosmology, Maya ritual as related to botany, and Maya culture, past and present. Students will enhance their skills under realistic field conditions, learn to work in teams, explore the ethics of ethnobotanical research, and participate in service learning projects! In addition, students will experience home stays with community members and learn Spanish throughout the session, and visit famous archaeological sites. Space is limited so remember to apply early to ensure your spot in the course. Link to website: https://sites.google.com/a/brit.org/conservation-field-school/home Please share this information with any interested students.

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