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John White

Graduate Student


John White is a PhD candidate studying Indigenous conceptualizations of and interactions with plant domestication and diversification. White completed his MSc in ethnobotany at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and has evenly divided his Tulane coursework between biological and social sciences. Using geometric morphometrics, species distribution modeling, DNA analyses, and mixed ethnobotanical methods, White investigates how Indigenous Runa farmers think about and modify food crop and crop wild relative diversity in Ecuador's Tropical Andean-Amazonian interface. White has received multiple awards from the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program, Jacobs Research Funds, Lewis and Clark Funds, National Science Foundation DDRIG, and Fulbright-Hays DDRA. White is especially concerned with the in-situ and ex-situ conservation of crop and crop wild relative diversity and associated Indigenous knowledge, especially within the genera Xanthosoma and Inga. Participatory crop breeding and Indigenous perspectives on climate change constitute some of his additional interdisciplinary research foci.