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Ethnobotanist and conservationist who has focused on the plants and peoples of the Amazon since the late 1970s. A former student of the renowned ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, Mark is perhaps best known for his bestselling book, Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice and through the Academy Award-nominated IMAX film "Amazon." In November 2005, he was profiled in Smithsonian's 35th anniversary magazine as one of "35 who made a difference" during that span.

Dr. Plotkin is ACT’s President and an ACT Board member. He previously served as a Vice President of Conservation International and as Director of Plant Conservation at the World Wildlife Fund – US. Before that, he worked as a Research Associate in Ethnobotanical Conservation at the Botanical Museum of Harvard University. He received his education at Harvard, Yale and Tufts universities.