Clinical Herbalist, Ethnobotanist
Erin Smith is a clinical herbalist and ethnobotanist and has been studying medicinal plants for over 30 years. Bringing together her passion for plants and cultures, she received her MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent, UK. For ten years she worked internationally with indigenous communities on various issues surrounding traditional medicine, natural resource management, community-based conservation, and traditional knowledge and is the former Managing Director of Global Diversity Foundation – North America. She has been involved with the herbal and natural product industry since 2010 and is currently VP of Herbal Science and Research with Banyan Botanicals. She is a Board member of the American Herbal Products Association and Advisory Board member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She is passionate about botanical sourcing, social impact, and sustainability issues within the industry and herbalism as a whole and is Chair of Sustainability Committee at the American Herbal Products Association and an Advisory Board member for American Botanical Council’s Sustainable Herbs Program.