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Joshua Lambert - Associate Professor of Food Science, Penn State University Park

Book Title: One River

Author: Wade Davis

Book Description:

One River details the life of Richard Evans Schultes, widely regarded a seminal figure in the field of ethnobotany.   The book was as exciting as a action-adventure feature film.  The main character was a highly intelligent, tenacious, well-respected scientist, but also had such non-conformist tendancies as allowing undergraduate students to write term papers on their experiences with a variety of culturally-important psychoactive plants.  The book cemented my interest in being a research scientist and in studying the biological effects of plants.  It brought to life the fact that as a biological scientist, I have an intellectual connection to the Victorian and early 20th century naturalists, and that even in the confines of my lab, there is still profound adventure in making discoveries.  


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