Biography of Michelle Baumflek

Michelle BaumflekMichelle Baumflek joined the Eastern Threat Center as a research biologist in January 2017. She is an ethnobotanist whose work focuses on combining traditional, local and academic ecological knowledge to inform the sustainable use and stewardship of nontimber forest products (NTFPs). Michelle’s current research is conducted in partnership with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and involves understanding ecological and social factors that contribute to sustainable harvesting of culturally significant plants. She began this research in 2016 as a postdoctoral research associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Michelle also leads a project that facilitates the development of plant gathering agreements between Native American tribes and National Parks. Michelle received her PhD in Natural Resources and American Indian Studies from Cornell University in 2015, where she worked with Wabanaki tribes of Maine to develop strategies and tools for increasing access to NTFPs. She holds a MS in Natural Resources Management from the University of Vermont, and a BS in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.


Contact Michelle Baumflek at mbaumflek@fs.fed.us or (828) 257-4887.

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