About

Passionate about people and plants!

Amanda Thiel began Isla Botanica as an herbal products company on San Juan Island, WA in 2009. While she still makes seasonal products inspired by plants, her focus has shifted toward ethnobotany research and education. This path leads her across the globe in search of opportunities to understand people’s interrelationships with plants and nature.

Amanda is an herbalist, ethnobotanist, and cultural anthropologist. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in anthropology at Washington State University. Her interests focus on cultural models, medical ethnobiology and Latin America, with present work in Maya communities. She has conducted ethnobotanical research in Mexico, Guatemala, and the US.

Learn more about Amanda’s research here.

Read Amanda’s post on the Society of Ethnobiology’s blog, Forage, here.