JamesA."Jim" Duke,Ph.D., economic botanist and ethnobotanist, retired after a full career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, Beltsville, MD) in 1995. After "retiring," he served 5 years as senior science adviser with Nature's Herbs. Although he has been retired for more than a decade, the USDA still maintains his Phytochemical Database online at http://www. ars-grin.gov/duke. He has published more than 30 books dealing with herbs, economic botany, and ethnobotany. For the past 5 years, he has taught medical botany as distinguished lecturer with the master of sciences program in herbal medicine at the Tai Sophia Institute, Laurel, Maryland. With an aggregate of 6 years in Latin America, he still leads ethnobotanical trips. In 2007, for example, he took one group to the Amazonian rain forest, accompanied by his Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary (Duke, J.A. and Vasquez Martinez, R., 1994. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 215 pp.). He also led a group to Costa Rica in 2007, accompanied by his Tico Ethnobotanical Dictionary (online at the USDA Phytochemical Database and an updated version of his Isthmian Ethnobotanical Dictionary, first published, 1971). For the 16th year, he led a week-long field course in ethnobotany in coastal Maine. He often hosts tours of his own Green Farmacy Garden in suburban Maryland, with some 300 medicinal herbs.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he also attained his Ph.D., Duke was elected as distinguished alumnus 50 years later. He was appointed honorary president of the Herb Society of America for 2007.
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