Essays and Op-Eds

Hunting for Medicines Hidden in Plants. The Wall Street Journal. Nov. 20, 2021

New technology is helping to unlock the secrets of the natural world, just as the limits of synthetic remedies are becoming clear

Art by Chloe Zola

Video Clips

Press videos, webinars, and podcasts on THE PLANT HUNTER can be found at this YouTube playlist on Dr. Quave’s Teach Ethnobotany channel. Select examples are provided below.

‘We have barely scratched the surface’ of the medicinal value of plants: Expert

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Dr. Cassandra Quave, author of “The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines” about the future of plant-derived medical treatments. October 11, 2021.

American Botanical Council Webinar

The Sustainable Herbs program director, Ann Armbrecht, speaks with medical ethnobotanist Dr Cassandra Quave about her book, The Plant Hunter: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines. October 14, 2021.

Articles and Interviews

Chemical and Engineering News

“Cassandra Leah Quave’s work defies simple categorization. As an ethnobotanist, her research encompasses natural product chemistry, microbiology, medicine, botany, and journalism. One day, she might interview a village’s traditional healer on how to prepare a remedy for a skin infection; on another, she might use a low-cost fraction collector made from Lego Mindstorms pieces to isolate a molecule that could eventually become a medicine.” Read the full feature at C&EN online. October 17, 2021.

Emory University News

“Cassandra Quave’s life is like a tropical forest: Varied, colorful, bursting with life and laced with hidden paths that must be constantly cleared to move along them. Her new memoir guides readers through a world of plants and the people entwined with them. The story is sometimes dark but mostly uplifting, lit up by her personal revelations and scientific discoveries.” Read the full feature online. October 21, 2021.

Podcasts and Radio Appearances

Here is a select list of podcast and radio appearances for The Plant Hunter.