Jillian M. De Gezelle, PhD

TCC Interim Executive Director & Faculty

Community Healing Gardens
Plant Science & Ethnobotany Working Group

Department of Plant & Microbial Biology
North Carolina State University

Email: jmdegeze@ncsu.edu

PhD, Biology/Plant Sciences/Ethnobotany
City University of New York & The New York Botanical Garden
BA, Biology & Cultural Anthropology
Reed College

Research Interests
Ethnobotany, Ethnomedicine, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Tropical Forest Ecology, Biocultural Diversity Conservation, Plants of Spiritual Significance, Wild and Traditional Foods, Food Security, Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change, Phytochemistry, Botanical Therapeutics, Plant Defense Mechanisms, Plant Tissue Culture, Reproductive Health, Fertility, Gender, Ethnography, Cultural Competency, and Innovation in Education

Teaching Experience
I am currently a Teaching Assistant Professor of Ethnobotany and Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at North Carolina State University.  Previous to my professorship at NC State, I taught Biology courses in Plant Biology, Human Biology, Natural History, and Ethnobotany at institutions including The New York Botanical Garden, Lehman College, and City University of New York.