ECO-SEA: The Ethnobotanical Conservation Organization for South East Asia
Executive Director
Dr. Jeanine M. Pfeiffer
Jeanine Pfeiffer

Founder and Principal Sponsor of ECO-SEA since 1998, Jeanine has collaborated with Southeast Asian colleagues on a wide range of conservation programs and community-based research and education initiatives. Jeanine's ethnoecological research on the biological and cultural diversity of Southeast Asia is supported by the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the University of California Pacific Rim Program, and UC Davis Outreach and International Programs. As a university instructor of courses in ecotourism, ethnobiology, nature & culture, biocultural diversity conservation and gender & environment, Jeanine mentors students and professional affiliates associated with ECO-SEA programs.

1995-2005 Board of Directors
James Bauml
James Bauml

Senior Scientist at the Arboretum of Los Angeles County, Jim has been instrumental in developing demonstration gardens of ethnobotanical plants at the Arboretum. In addition to pursuing research on hallucinogenic plant species, Jim has also amassed a database of over 500 ethnic markets in the Greater Los Angeles Area, and occasionally leads ethnobotanical market tours. Jim provides logistical support for our Southeast Asian colleagues on international sutdy-tours and teaches courses on ethnobotany in Los Angeles.

Jenella Loye
Jenella Loye

Our newest Board Member, Jenella is an ethnobiologist and biological control field researcher working in the United States and Australia. Jenella is an avid horticulturalist and wild-crafter, who together with her husband, Dr. Scott Carroll, maintains an extensive garden and consulting firm based in Davis.

Lisa Gollin
Lisa Gollin

PhD recipient from the University of Hawai'i, Lisa has conducted a variety of ethnobotany and medical anthropology investigations in Indonesia (since 1980) and in Hawai'i (since 1994). Most recently she completed 18 months of field research, sponsored by Fulbright and NSF, with the Kenyah Dayak people of East Kalimantan (Borneo). Her work focuses on healing beliefs and practices, indigenous medicines, and the chemical and sensory properties of therapeutic plants. Lisa Gollin's PhD work.

Kevin Rice
Kevin Rice

Professor of plant population biology and restoration ecology at the University of California at Davis, Kevin's research has focused on the conservation genetics and population dynamics of native species. A prominent member of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology, Kevin is also a Co-PI on the UC Davis Biological Invasions IGERT and a UC Pacific Rim grant (with Jeanine Pfeiffer) to study the anthropogenic influences on the genetic diversity of native grasses of the Pacific Rim.

Bian Tan
Bian Tan

Currently the South-East Asian Programme Coordinator for BGCI and a Singapore native, Bian works with Botanic Gardens to support their ex situ conservation and education programs. Formerly the Plant Collections Manager at Strybing Arboretum, Bian has conducted collaborative field surveys with colleagues in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines in order to upgrade the Old World Cloud Forest collections at Strybing. Bian works closely with ECO-SEA in institutional strengthening efforts, including co-sponsoring Southeast Asian researchers for USA visits and international panel sessions on implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Irene Wibawa
Irene Wibawa

Assistant to the Senior Plant Taxonomist at California Department of Food and Agriculture and assistant at the US Department of Agriculture, Irene is involved in botanical and biological control projects. She has conducted preliminary insect collections in Thailand and Indonesia in association with UC Davis Bohart Museum, and has provided advisory and fundraising support for Indonesian Research Associates during their study tours in the United States. She also serves as technical support for the Research and Education Center for Tado Clan and occasionally studies Balinese music and dance.