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Wayne Law, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty


  • B.S. Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside. Spring 2001.
  • Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Spring 2007.

Areas of Research

My research interests lie at the crossroads between ethnobotany, or the cultural uses of plants, conservation, and ecology.   My primary interests are related to preserving traditional cultures and knowledge.  However, without understanding and knowing the plants that people use and the ecosystem where these plants and humans live, we can never be effective at conserving them.  My research includes projects in biological inventories, bioinformatics, GIS, and ecology in parts of Asia, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.

Statement of Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I strive to make material accessible to students of all levels.  I feel that teaching should include not only lectures that provide information, but include discussion allowing the expression of thoughts and ideas, as well as activities that allow the application of lessons learned.


Sharma, V., W. Law, M.J. Balick, C. Kitalong, F. Sohl, B. Raynor, I. N. Sarkar. In review. Evaluating the Potential Medicinal Use of Micronesian Plans using PubChem Bioassay Data.  Scientific Reports

Smith. N. P., S.A. Mori, W. Law, M. Ribeiro.  2016.  Conservation assessment of Lecythidaceae from eastern Brazil.  Kew Bulletin. 71:14

Hart, R, W. Law, P. Wyse Jackson. 2014.  Biocultural collections for conservation.  In J. Salick, K. Konchar, & M. Nesbitt, eds. Curating Biocultural Collections:  A Handbook.  Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  406 p.

Balick, M.J., K. Herrera, F. Sohl, W. Law, R. Lee, and W.C. Raynor.  2012.  Biodiversity and Human Health:  Using Plants and Traditional Ethnomedical Knowledge to Improve Public Health and Conservation Programs in Micronesia.  In A.A. Aguirre, R. Ostfeld, P. Daszak, eds. New Directions in Conservation Medicine:  Applied Cases of Ecological Health.

Wheeler, Q. D., S. Knapp, D. W. Stevenson, J. Stevenson, S. D. Blum, B. M. Boom, G. G. Borisy, J. L. Buizer, M. R. De Carvalho, A. Cibrian, M. J. Donoghue, V. Doyle, E. M. Gerson, C. H. Graham, P. Graves, S. J. Graves, R. P. Guralnick, A. L. Hamilton, J. Hanken, W. Law, D. L. Lipscomb, T. E. Lovejoy, H. Miller, J. S. Miller, S. Naeem, M. J. Novacek, L. M. Page, N. I. Platnick, H. Porter-Morgan, P. H. Raven, M. A. Solis, A. G. Valdecasas, S. Van Der Leeuw, A. Vasco, N. Vermeulen, J. Vogel, R. L. Walls, E. O. Wilson, and J. B. Woolley. 2012. Mapping the biosphere: exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversity. Systematics and Biodiversity 10: 1-20.

Dahmer, S., M.J. Balick, A. Hillman Kitalong, C. Kitalong, K. Herrera, W. Law, R. Lee, V.R. Tadao, F. Rehuher, S. Hanser, K. Soaladaob, G. Ngirchobong, M. Besebes, F. Wasisang, D. Kulakowski and I. Adam. 2012. Palau Primary Health Care Manual: Health Care in Palau, Combining Conventional Treatments and Traditional Uses of Plants for Health and Healing. The New York Botanical Garden, Ministry of Health, Republic of Palau, The Continuum Center for Health and Healing and Belau National Museum. Charleston SC. 216 pp.

Salick, J. and W. Law 2011.  Snow Lotus Threatened by Overharvest.  In D. A. Rakow and S. A. Lee, Public Garden Management.  Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. 280p.

Kitalong, A.H., M. J. Balick, F. Rehuher, M. Besebes, S. Hanser, K. Soaladaob, G. Ngirchobong, F. Wasisang, W. Law, R. Lee, V. R. Tadeo, C. Kitalong  and C. Kitalong (2011) Plants, people and culture in the villages of Oikull and Ibobang, Republic of Palau, pp. 63-84, in, Liston, J. G. Clark and D. Alexander (eds.). 2011. Pacific Island Heritage: Archaeology, Identity & Community.Terra Australis 35. Australian National University, Canberra.     

Lee, R., N. Shere, M. J. Balick, F. Sohl, A. S. Roberts, K. Herrera, S. Dahmer, M. Lieskovsky, A. Dores, W. Raynor, P. Raynor, E. Albert, M. Hunt, C. Trauernicht, L. Offringa, I. Adam, and W. Law. (2010) Pohnpei Primary Health Care Manual:  Health Care in Pohnpei, Micronesia:  Traditional Uses of Plants for Health and Healing. CreateSpace. p. 175

Law, W., J. Salick, T. M. Knight. (2010) The effects of pollen limitation on population dynamics of snow lotus, a threatened Tibetan medicinal plant of the Eastern Himalayas.  Plant Ecology. 210: 343-357

Byg, A., J. Salick, & W. Law (2010) Medicinal Plant Knowledge Among Lay People in Five Eastern Tibet Villages.  Human Ecology.  38(2): 177-191 

Balick, M.J., D.H. Lorence, D. Lee Ling, & W. Law.  (2009) Plants and People of Pohnpei:  An Overview, pp.1-39.  In:  Balick, M.J. (ed), Ethnobotany of Pohnpei:  Plants, People, and Island Culture.  University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. p. 575

Law, W.  (2007)  Ecological and Evolutionary Impacts of Harvesting the Himalayan Snow Lotus (Saussurea laniceps Maxim. and S. medusa Hand.-Mazz.). Biology Washington University, St. Louis, p. 154

Law, W. & J. Salick. (2007). Comparing conservation priorities for useful plants:  Botanists and Tibetan doctors.  Biodiversity and Conservation. 16 (6): 1747-1759

Salick, J., A. Amend, B. Gunn, W. Law, H. Schmidt, & A. Byg. (2006) Tibetan Medicine Plurality. Economic Botany 60(3): 227-253

Law, W. & J. Salick.  (2005) Human induced dwarfing of Himalayan snow lotus, Saussurea laniceps (Asteraceae).  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 102 (29):  10218-10220

Corresponding Author Publications

Salick, J., R.K. Moseley. (2012) Khawa Karpo:  Tibetan Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation.  MBG Press.

Salick, J., A. Amend, & Y.P. Yang.  (2005) Tibetan land use and change near Kawa Karpo, Eastern Himalayas.  Economic Botany 59(4):  312-325

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