Jan Salick, Ph.D.
Alice H. Brown Curator of Ethnobotany
Wm. L. Brown Center
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299

Office phone: +1-314-577-5165
Fax: +1-314-577-0800
Email: jan.salick@mobot.org

Ph.D. Cornell University 1983
M.Sc. Duke University 1977
B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison 1972

Senior Ethnoecology Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford 2005-2007
Adjunct Professor: Washington University, University Missouri St Louis, St Louis University 2002-continuing
President: Society for Economic Botany 1997-1998
Associate Professor: Ohio University, 1989-2000
Assistant Scientist: The New York Botanical Garden, 1983-1989




General Research Interests

  • Climate Change

  • Alpine Botany

  • Ethnobotany

  • Tropical Ecology

  • Agroecology

  • Traditional Knowledge and Science

  • Biocultural Collections

Research Emphases

  • Adaptations to and Mitigations of Climate Change in Himalayan Alpine

  • Himalayan GLORIA, a 2000 km Transect

  • Himalayan Ethnobotany

  • Traditional Knowledge and Science

  • Biocultural Collections

Selected Publications

  • Salick, J. and R. Moseley. 2012. Khawa Karpo: Conservation in a Tibetan landscape. Monographs, Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Salick, J., A. Byg, and K. Bauer. 2012. Tibetan Cosmology of Climate Change. Nature and Religion.
  • Salick, J. 2011. Indigenous peoples conserving, managing and creating biodiversity. In Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability edited by Paul Gepts, Thomas R. Famula, Robert L. Bettinger, Steve B. Brush, Ardeshir B. Damania, Patrick E. McGuire, and Calvin O. Qualset. Cambridge University Press (UK)
  • Duputie, A., J. Salick, and D. McKey. 2011. Phylogeography of Manihot, a rapidly radiating Neotropical genus restricted to dry environments. J of Biogeography 38:1033–1043.
  • Byg, A., J. Salick, and W. Law. 2010. Medicinal Plant Knowledge among Lay People in Five Eastern Tibet Villages. Human Ecology 38:177–191.
  • Law, W, J. Salick, and T. 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.
  • Salick, J. and N. Ross (editors). 2009. Traditional Peoples and Climate Change. Special Issue: Global Environmental Change 19.
  • Salick, J. and N. Ross. 2009. Traditional Peoples and Climate Change. Global Environmental Change 19:137–139.
  • Salick, J., Z.D. Fang and A. Byg 2009. Tibetan Ethnobotany and Climate Change in the Eastern Himalayas. Global Environmental Change 19:147–155.
  • Byg, A. and J. Salick. 2009. Local perspectives on a global phenomenon—Climate change in Eastern Tibetan villages. Global Environmental Change 19:156–166.
  • Salick, J. and A. Byg. 2007. Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change. Tyndall Centre, UK. [link]
  • Salick, J., A. Amend, D. Anderson, K. Hoffmeister, B. Gunn and Fang Z. D. 2007. Tibetan Sacred Sites Conserve Old Growth Trees in the Eastern Himalayas. Biodiversity and Conservation. [link]
  • Salick, J., A. Byg, A. Amend, B. Gunn, W. Law, H. Schmidt 2006. Tibetan Medicine Plurality. Economic Botany 60:227-253. [link]
  • Law, W. and J. Salick 2006. Comparing Conservation Priorities for Useful Plants among Botanists and Tibetan Doctors. Biodiversity and Conservation. [link]
  • Salick, J. 2006. To collect or to cultivate: A Conundrum. Comparative population ecology of Ipecac (Psychotria ipecacuanha), a neotropical understory herb. In W. Capraro (ed) Human Impacts on Amazonia: The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Conservation and Development. Columbia University Press. [link]
  • Toledo, M. and J. Salick 2006. Secondary Succession and Indigenous Management in Semi-deciduous Forest Fallows of the Amazon Basin. Biotropica 38:161-170.
  • Toledo, M., J. Salick, B. Loiselle, and P. Jorgensen 2005. Composicion floristica y usos de bosques secundarios en la provincia Guarayos, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Ecologia y Conservacion Ambiental 18:1-16.
  • Salick, J., Yang Y. P., and A. Amend 2005. Tibetan Land Use and Change in NW Yunnan. Economic Botany 59: 312-325. [link]
  • Law, W. and J. Salick 2005. Human Induced Dwarfing of Himalayan Snow Lotus (Saussurea laniceps (Asteraceae)). PNAS 102: 10218-10220. [link]
  • Anderson, D., J. Salick, RK Moseley, Ou Xiaokun 2005. Conserving the sacred medicine mountains: a vegetation analysis of Tibetan sacred sites in Northwest Yunnan. Biodiversity and Conservation 14:3065-3091.
  • Salick, J., Yang YP, BF Gunn 2005. In Situ Capacity Building: Traditional Ecological Knowledge for Conservation and Sustainable Development. Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis.
  • Salick, J., D.Anderson, J. Woo, R. Sherman, C. Norbu, A Na, and S. Dorje 2004. Tibetan Ethnobotany and Gradient Analyses, Menri (Medicine Mountains), Eastern Himalayas. Millenium Ecosystem Assessment. [link]
  • Hamlin, C.C. and J. Salick 2003. Yanesha Agriculture in the Upper Peruvian Amazon: Persistence and change fifteen years down the “road”. Economic Botany 57:163-180. [link]
  • Salick, J. et al 2003. Intellectual Imperatives in Ethnobiology: NSF biocomplexity report. Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, 10pp. [link]
  • Fenstad, J. E., P. Hoyningen-Huene, Q. Hu, J. Kokwaro, J. Salick, W. Shrum, B. V. Subbarayappa, and D. Nakashima 2002. Science and traditional knowledge. ICSU, Paris. [link]

Updated 11/16/11.

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