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Ethnobiologist to Speak at Raulston Arboretum


Internationally renowned nature writer and ethnobiologist Gary Nabhan will deliver a lecture related to the conservation of food diversity on Oct. 14 at NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.

Gary Nabham
Gary Nabham

A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Conservation Biology, Nabhan is the Kellogg Chair in Southwest Borderlands Food and Water Security at the University of Arizona, where he is also a research social scientist at the Southwest Center.

Nabhan’s lecture, “Conservation You Can Taste: The Role of Ethnobiologists in the Collaborative Conservation of Food Diversity,” will highlight the role ethnobiologists have played in conservation collaborations with indigenous communities, farmers and chefs to revive and adapt traditional place-based foods.

The event, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., is part of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ Author Series, and tickets are $10 for Friends of the Arboretum, $20 for non-members and free for students. For tickets, visit

The JC Raulston Arboretum will have several of Nabhan’s books on sale at the event, and a book signing takes place at 7 p.m.

This lecture is sponsored by CEFS, the arboretum, the Southeast Climate Science Center and the Sustainable Agriculture Graduate Student Association. For more information, see

— J.J. Richardson