The New York Botanical Garden


Charles M. Peters

Kate E. Tode Curator of Botany, Institute of Economic Botany

Ph.D., Yale University
New Haven, CT (1989)
Expertise: Plant ecology/community forestry


My research focuses on the ecology, use, and management of tropical forest resources. Most of this research is done in close collaboration with local community groups. I am currently working in the Tapajos-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve in Brazil with several communities who are developing management plans for the sustainable production of furniture woods. I am also involved in community forestry research in the Selva Maya of Mexico, and have recently started work in Myanmar and Vietnam to look at the conservation and sustainable use of rattan (Palmae) in these two countries. I have conducted long-term field research in the Peruvian Amazon, Papua New Guinea, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, and Veracruz, Mexico, and have directed community forestry projects in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Uganda, and Cameroon. I am an Associate Professor of Tropical Ecology (Adjunct) at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies of Yale University, an Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University,and I am editor of the monograph series, Advances in Economic Botany.

Selected Publications

Henderson, A., C. Peters, U. Myint Maung, U Saw Lwin, U Tin Maung Ohn, U Kyaw Lwin, and U Tun Shaung. 2005. Palms of the Ledo Road, Myanmar. Palms 49(3): 115-121.

Purata Velarde, S., C.M. Peters, M. Ambrosio, B. Brosi, and A. Lopez. 2004. Los alebrijes de Oaxaca y el manejo de las selvas secas. Ciencia y Desarrollo 174: 52-60.

Peters, C.M., S. Purata, M. Chibnik, B. Brosi, A. Lopez, and M. Ambrosio. 2003. The life and times of Bursera glabrifolia (.H.B.K.) Engl. in Mexico: A parable for ethnobotany. Economic Botany 57: 431-441.

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