Dr. Robert Voeks
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Professor of Geography
Editor-in-Chief, Economic Botany

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
M.S. & B.S. Portand State University

Cultural Ecology, Ethnobotany, Tropical Forest Ecology and Biogeography, African Diaspora, Brazil, Borneo.

Office hours: please make appointment
Humanities Building, H-407
Email: rvoeks@fullerton.edu
Office: (657) 278-3361


Selected Publications

Voeks, R. A. 2012. Spiritual Flora of Brazil’s African Diaspora: Ethnobotanical Conversations in the Black Atlantic. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture.  6 (4): 499-520. (pdf)

Stanley, D., Voeks, R. and Short, L. 2012. Is Non-Timber Forest Product Harvest Sustainable in the Less Developed World? A Systematic Review of the Recent Economic and Ecological Literature. Ethnobiology and Conservation. 1 (1): http://ethnobioconservation.com/index.php/ebc/article/view/19/20

Alves, R., Rosa, I., Neto, N. and Voeks, R. 2012. Animals for the Gods: Magical and Religious Faunal Use and Trade in Brazil. Human Ecology. 40 (5): 751-780.(pdf)

Voeks, R., Short, L, and Gregorio, A. 2012. Whither the Journal Economic Botany: Trends and Transitions, 1947-2010. In: B. Ponman and R. Bussmann (eds), Medicinal Plants and the Legacy of Richard E. Schultes. St. Louis: Missouri Botanical Garden Press, pp. 119-129.(pdf)

Neto, N., Voeks, R., Dias, T. and Alves, R. 2012. Mollusks of Candomblé: Symbolic and Ritualistic Importance. Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine  8:10 http://www.ethnobiomed.com/content/pdf/1746-4269-8-10.pdf

Voeks, R. A. 2010. Ecotourism and Ethnobotanical Erosion: A Possible Rescue Effect in Brazil’s Chapada Diamantina?  In: Albuquerque, U.P. and Hanazaki,N. (eds). Recent Developments and Case Studies in Ethnobotany, Recife: NPPEEA, pp. 228-245.(pdf)

Voeks, R. A. 2009. Traditions in Transition: African Diaspora Ethnobotany in Lowland South America. In: M. Alexiades (ed), Mobility and Migration in Indigenous Amazonia: Contemporary Ethnoecological Perspectives. London: Berghahn, pp. 275-294.(pdf)

Pfeiffer, J. and Voeks, R. 2008. Biological Invasions and Biocultural Diversity: Linking Ecological and Cultural Systems. Environmental Conservation 35 (4): 281-293.(pdf)

Voeks, R. A. 2007. Are Women Reservoirs of Traditional Plant Knowledge? Gender, Ethnobotany and Globalization in Northeastern Brazil. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 28 (1): 7-20.(pdf)

Voeks, R. A. 2004. Disturbance Pharmacopoeias: Medicine and Myth from the Humid Tropics. Annals, Association of American Geographers. 94 (4): 868-888.(pdf)

Voeks, R. A. and Leony, A. 2004. Forgetting the Forest: Assessing Medicinal Plant Erosion in Eastern Brazil. Economic Botany 58 (supplement): 294-306.(pdf)

Voeks, R. A. 1996. Tropical Forest Healers and Habitat Preference. Economic Botany 50 (3): 354-373.(pdf)


Book cover: Sacred Leaves

Voeks, R. A. and J. Rashford (eds). 2012. African Ethnobotany in the Americas. New York: Springer.

Book cover: Sacred Leaves R. Voeks. 1997. Sacred Leaves of Candomble: African Magic, Medicine, and Religion in Brazil. Austin: University of Texas Press.
National Geographic National Geographic Society News, April 2004, African Slaves Plant Knowledge Vanishing in Brazil.


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