Dave Reedy, M.S.
Ph.D. candidate, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
M.S. in Ethnobotany, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
B.A. in Ethnobotany and Asian Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Dave Reedy was born in the swamps of South Florida where he learned that humans are just a part in the natural world. Moving to Seattle, Washington furthered his curiosity of plants, people, and their symbiosis. A lifetime of migraine headaches caused him to seek out a myriad of cultural remedies, thus solidifying his initial interest in cultural plant interactions, continually seeking natural headache relief. He later moved to Honolulu, Hawai‘i to pursue degrees in Botany, Ethnobotany, and Tahitian Language. Dave is currently a PhD candidate in the Botany Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and a Field Researcher at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, where he is part of a lab group working on 1) relationships between distribution patterns of human knowledge of biodiversity and actual biodiversity, 2) development and distribution of anthropogenic ecosystems, 3) production of traditional alcoholic beverages, and 4) video documentation of traditional knowledge and material culture.
His research Interests include Ethnobotany, Sensory Ecology, Taste-Based Conservation, Human Adaption to Change via Plant Uses, Roles Plants Play in Defining Subcultures, Cultural Adoptions of Introduced Plants, Cultural and Natural Resource Management Practices, and Ethnobotanical Knowledge Loss and Transmission in Cultural Diaspora.
Phone: 817.332.4441, ext 243