Inspirational Science of the Week

This has been a great week in science for plants and fungi! There are two studies that really captured my attention and imagination:
  • The largest clinical trial ever conducted on psilocybin (a psychoactive natural product found in certain species of medicinal mushrooms) revealed results that this compound is effective in treating serious cases of depression. Here's a great summary of the study findings on STAT News.
  • All that glitters is not gold... it can also be from a plant! A fascinating study on natural sparkle resulting from the structural reorganization of plant cellulose nanoparticles was published. Check on this Fast Company article for a description of how scientists developed a totally biodegradable glitter from plants!

Free Book Club Kit

We now have a book club kit available to accompany THE PLANT HUNTER! You can DOWNLOAD it for free here as a PDF file. This is a great way to dig into the book with your friends and fellow book lovers. Happy reading!

Upcoming In-person Events

Thursday, November 18th at 7 PM ET: Roswell, GA, USA
Join me for a fun evening at the Chattahoochee Nature Center! Reading and book signing! Registration required ($15 fee for the event).

Have you been reading THE PLANT HUNTER? If you love the book, please help me get the word out! Consumer reviews are greatly needed on Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads and more. Thank you!

Recent Interviews & Press

  • My discussion with Dr. Mark Plotkin, hosted by Books and Books, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, and the Miami Book Fair, is now available on YouTube! You can catch this fun conversation about ethnobotany HERE [51 min.].
  • Catch my interview with Joe Donahue on The Roundtable on WAMC Northeast Public Radio [13 min.].


joy of puzzlewood
There's nothing quite like a hike in the delicious fall weather! I just loved my ventures through the Forest of Dean - pictured here among the ancient Roman quarries now covered in lush ferns and bryophytes in the Puzzlewood 💚
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