Dawn A. Murray, PhD, a Professor in Antioch’s Environmental Studies Department, recently traveled to Bhutan, a small kingdom in the Himalayas, to deliver her book to the Monpa people. Her collaborative work with the Monpa people and book on Indigenous Monpa Plant Medicine describes the wisdom of these first inhabitants of Bhutan. Murray’s book emerged from her personal experience teaching in Bhutan.
Her book, Monpa Medicinal Plants: Indigenous Knowledge from a Himalayan Healer is about the Monpas and their intimate relationships with the plants, the land, and cultural practices. Murray’s book illuminates the Himalayan medicinal plants that the Monpas use for healing, sharing generational knowledge about their ecosystem.
Murray is the Director of the BS in Environmental Studies, Sustainability, and Sciences Program. In addition, she is an advisor in the MS in Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology Concentration and works with doctoral students in the PhD in Environmental Studies Program. Her research focuses on participatory conservation and co-designing methods that equitably integrate local communities in conservation solutions.