by Nichole Carnell
Environmental scientist Dr. Mark J. Plotkin will speak at the 2010 Lewis & Clark College of Arts and Sciences Commencement. Plotkin has spent most of the last 20 years working with and learning from ancient shamans about their traditions and healing plants in the rainforests of Central and South America.
Plotkin currently serves as the President of the Amazon Conservation Team, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting biological and cultural diversity of the tropical rain forest. Educated at Harvard, Yale and Tufts, Plotkin served as Research Associate in Ethnobotanical Conservation at the Botanical Museum of Harvard University, Director of Plant Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund and Vice President of Conservation International in Washington, D.C.
Along with Bill Gates and Steven Spielberg, Plotkin was recently named by Smithsonian magazine as one of the “35 Who Made a Difference.” Plotkin also is the author of Medicine Quest: In Search of Nature’s Healing Secrets, Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice and the children’s book The Shaman’s Apprentice– A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.
The 2010 Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 9 at 10 a.m. in Griswold Stadium.