Mark J Plotkin

Dr. Mark J. Plotkin was born and raised in New Orleans and received his education at Harvard, Yale, and Tufts. He is an ethnobotanist who has conducted considerable research in the tropical lowlands of South America. He is the current president of the Amazon Conservation Team, which he co-founded. Dr. Plotkin has previously worked as a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution and the Harvard University Botanical Museum, as well as the World Wildlife Fund's director of plant conservation and Conservation International's vice president. His work has appeared in publications such as Life, Newsweek, Smithsonian, Time, and The New York Times, as well as on PBS's Nova and the Academy Award-winning documentary Amazon.