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Wayne Law, Ph.D.

The New York Botanical Garden

Institute of Economic Botany

2900 Southern Blvd.

Bronx, NY 10458

Phone: (718)817-8971; Fax (718)220-1029

Email: wlaw@nybg.org

Current Position

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The New York Botanical Garden, Institute of Economic Botany


Education

Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Spring 2007



Dissertation: Ecological and Evolutionary Impacts of Harvesting the Himalayan Snow Lotus (Saussurea laniceps Maxim. and S. medusa Hand.-Mazz.)

B.S. Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside. Spring 2001

GPA: 3.20


Grants and Awards
National Geographic Society 2008

- Research and Exploration Grant ($20,000)

National Science Foundation 2008

- Biodiversity Survey and Inventory Grant ($400,000)

Graduate Student Research Symposium 2005

-3rd Place, Biological Science ($100)

National Science Foundation 2004

-Doctorial Dissertation Improvement Grant ($13,300)

Garden Club of America 2004

-Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany ($4,000)

National Science Foundation 2004

-East Asia Summer Institute Program ($5,500)

Asian Pacific Islander Academic Award ($100) 2001

Senior Student Grant ($500) 2001

University Honors Program Residential Fellowship ($200) 1997

Chancellor’s Scholarship ($1,500) 1997

California Scholarship Federation Scholarship ($300) 1997
Publications

Lee, R., N. Shere, M. J. Balick, F. Sohl, A. S. Roberst, K. Herrera, S. Dahmer, M. Lieskovsky, A.

Dores, W. Raynor, P. Raynor, E. Albert, M. Hunt, C. Trauernicht, L. Offringa, I. Adam, and

W. Law. 2010. Pohnpei Primary Health Care Manual. CreateSpace.

Law, W., J. Salick, T. M. Knight. (2010) The effects of pollen limitation on population dynamics of

snow lotus, a threatened Tibetan medicinal plant of the Eastern Himalayas. Plant Ecology.

210: 343-357

Byg, A., J. Salick, & W. Law (2010) Medicinal Plant Knowledge Among Lay People in Five Eastern

Tibet Villages. Human Ecology. 38(2): 177-191

Balick, M.J., D.H. Lorence, D. Lee Ling, & W. Law. (2009) Plants and People of Pohnpei: An

Overview. In: Balick, M.J. (ed), Ethnobotany of Pohnpei: Plants, People, and Island Culture. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

Law, W. 2007. Ecological and Evolutionary Impacts of Harvesting the Himalayan Snow Lotus

(Saussurea laniceps Maxim. and S. medusa Hand.-Mazz.). Biology Washington University, St. Louis, p. 154.

Law, W. & J. Salick. (2007). Comparing conservation priorities for useful plants: Botanists and

Tibetan doctors. Biodiversity and Conservation. 16 (6): 1747-1759

Salick, J., A. Amend, B. Gunn, W. Law, H. Schmidt, & A. Byg. (2006) Tibetan Medicine Plurality. Economic Botany 60(3): 227-253

Law, W. & J. Salick. (2005) Human induced dwarfing of Himalayan snow lotus, Saussurea

laniceps (Asteraceae). Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 102 (29): 10218-10220
Corresponding Author Publications

Salick, J, A. Amend, & Y.P. Yang. (2005) Tibetan land use and change near Kawa Karpo, Eastern

Himalayas. Economic Botany 59(4): 312-325
Manuscripts in preparation

Law, W., J. Salick, & T.M. Knight. In preparation. Harvest affects the populations dynamics of

Tibetan medicinal Snow Lotus, Saussurea laniceps and S. medusa (Asteraceae). (To be submitted to Conservation Biology)
Posters & Presentations

Law, W. R. Mackenzie, & M.J. Balick (2009). Grow low! The impacts of Sakau (Piper methysticum) on

biodiversity. Society of Economic Botany

Law, W. (2009) The Ethnobotany of Micronesia: Conserving plant diversity and the cultures

that use them. Fairchild Botanic Garden.

Law, W. (2009) From Snow Lotus to Sakau; developing sustainable strategies for changing plant

practices. University of Hawaii

Balick, M.J. & W. Law (2008). Plants, people, culture and Conservation. Palau Conservation Society.

Law, W. (2008). Ethnobotany and ecological impacts of sakau farming in Pohnpei, FSM. Youth

Environmental Ambassadors.

Law, W., F. Marcus, C. Tauling, & M.J. Balick (2008). Use it or lose it: The link between culture and

plant biodiversity in Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. Sustaining Culture and

Biodiversity Conference

Law, W. & J. Salick (2006). Human induced dwarfing of Himalayan snow lotus, Saussurea laniceps

(Asteraceae). Society of Economic Botany

Law, W. (2006) Snow lotus vs. Humans: A Fair Fight? Washington University. Student Seminar

Law, W. & J. Salick (2006) Human induced dwarfing of Himalayan snow lotus, Saussurea laniceps

(Asteraceae). Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference

Law, W. & J. Salick (2006). Human induced dwarfing of Himalayan snow lotus, Saussurea laniceps

(Asteraceae). Society of Ethnobiology

Law, W. (2004) Harvesting effects on the Medicinal Plant, Snow Lotus. The Nature

Conservancy

Law, W., J. Salick, & N. Cili (2004). Comparing Conservation Priorities of Useful Plants:

Botanists and Tibetan Doctors. Society of Economic Botany

Law, W. (2004) Human Harvesting Effects on Snow Lotus. Washington University. Student

Seminar


Law, W., J. Salick, & N. Cili (2003). Comparing Conservation Priorities of Useful Plants:

Botanists and Tibetan Doctors. Society of Ethnobiology


Research Experience

Researcher, The New York Botanical Garden Summer 2006 – Current

*Plants and People of Micronesia

Researcher, Washington University, St. Louis Summer 2003 - 2006

*Data Collection for Dissertation

Lab Rotation, Gayle Fritz Fall 2002

*Analyzation of Botanical Remains from the Southwest New Mexico

Researcher, Washington University, St. Louis Summer 2002

*Preliminary Data Collection for Dissertation

Lab Rotation, Barbara Schaal Spring 2002

*Learning Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques

Lab Rotation, Jan Salick Fall 2001

*Process and Database China Ethnobotanical Collections

Senior Research Project, University of California, Riverside 2001

*Chemical Compound Identification of the Plants of the Perilla Genus

Getty Grant Program Intern, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Summer 2000

Researcher, University of California, Riverside 1999 – 2000

*Ethnobotanical monograph of Perilla spp.

Field Assistant, El Edén Ecological Reserve, Mexico Summer 1999

Lab Assistant, Dr. Arturo Gomez-Pompa 1999


Teaching Experience
Teaching Instructor, Kosrae High School Fall 2007

10th Grade Conservation Biology

Teaching Assistant, Ford Foundation Capacity Building, Kunming, China Summer 2005

Workshop – Population Ecology

Teaching Assistant, Washington University, St. Louis Winter 2004

Biology 317 – Conservation Biology

Teaching Assistant, Washington University, St. Louis Fall 2002

Biology 100a – Introduction to Biology


Media Attention

My research has been featured in popular outlets such as MSNBC, CNN.com, over 50 U.S. newspapers (e.g. NY Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newark Star Ledger), international media (e.g. China Daily, New Scientist, UK, Science and Development Network, UK, Canada.com), National Geographic, National Public Radio, and Science News.


Professional Societies

Society of Ethnobiology

Botanical Society of America

Society of Economic Botany


Service as reviewer

Biotropica

Economic Botany

Ethnobotany Research & Applications

Evolutionary Biology

International Journal of Plant Sciences

Journal of Ethnobiology

Oecologia



Southwestern Naturalist

Springer


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