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Michael B. Thomas
B.S., Virginia Tech (1987); M.S., University of Florida (1995); Ph.D., University of Florida (2001)
Dissertation: Ethnopharmacoeia of the Pataxo, Indigenous group in Bahia, Brazil.
Dr. Thomas is currently a Fulbright Specialist collaborating with the National Biodiversity Centre (Ministry of Agriculture and Forests) in Thimphu, Bhutan. He an ethnbotanist whose specialization is biodiversity informatics and its application towards the documentation and preservation of bio-cultural knowledge.
Interest Areas: agribusiness, ethnobotany, biocultural diversity, collection management, museum informatics, plant conservation, international development
Selected Research Activities
His current research focuses digital documentation of plant biodiversity including the digitization of floristic data, herbaria specimens, and the useability of information retrieval systems as potential collaborative tools for documenting traditional knowledge.
He has served as a consultant on numerous international development and research projects in the Pacific Islands including Samoa, Tonga,
Fiji, Niue, Vanuatu, Palau, Guam as well as Nepal, Ghana, Malawi, Bhutan, Kosovo, and Guatemala. His experience with donor agencies includes the National Science Foundation, US National Park Service, Conservation International, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and US Agency for International Development funded projects through Winrock International and Cultivating Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).