Maureen Meyer (M.S. Geography 2014) has been awarded a Fulbright award to study cultural geography and ethnobotany in Cameroon. Maureen and her daughter Kaya will be traveling to Oku, Cameroon in West Africa for at least 9 months beginning in August 2016. While there, Maureen will spearhead a project working with Moringa oleifera, a sub-tropical/ tropical tree species that is fast-growing, nutrient dense, and has numerous medicinal properties. The project will be developed collaboratively by working with farmers, women's co-ops, and school children. According to Maureen, "I will be working with farmers to assess the successes and failures of growing Moringa, with school children to create a brochure in the local dialect that can be distributed throughout the community, and with women to create a Moringa product that is both manageable and profitable.” This project is related to Maureen’s thesis project, which was an ethnotanical analysis of medicinal plants on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Upon learning of her Fulbright award, Maureen said, "I am interested in understanding the relationship that people and cultures have with their environment through methods of healing and medicinal plants. I am extremely excited and passionate about this research and look forward to our journey ahead!” Congratulations, Maureen Meyer, on this tremendous accomplishment!
(Photo: Maureen Meyer and daughter Kaya)
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