Karen C. Hall

Coordinator, SC Master Naturalist Program Lecturer, Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 864 656-4859
FAX: 864 656-3044
Email: carlson@clemson.edu


  • Ph.D. Plant Physiology 2006 Clemson University
  • M.S. Botany 1999 Clemson University
  • B.S. Biology 1996 Western Carolina University

Research Interests

  • Ethnobotany with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians with an emphasis on medicinal plant use
  • Natural History outreach education through the developing S.C. Master Naturalist progra
  • Cultural and biological diversity outreach education with the Cherokee Garden in the South Carolina Botanical Gardens
  • Ethnobotanically-guided drug discovery
  • Papermaking and dye techniques as a means of teaching plant anatomy and physiology
  • Faculty Sponsor - Roots and Shoots

Selected Publications

  • Ethnobotany of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: A path to sustaining traditional identity with an emphasis on medicinal plant use. Dissertation, 2006.
  • Cherokee Medicinal Garden Brochure and Walking Tour. Developed a 45-minute guided walking tour and tri-fold brochure for self-guided tours at Ocoee Whitewater Center Cherokee Medicinal Garden in Tennessee.
  • Contract work through the Cherokee National Forest and in collaboration with Myrtle Driver, tribal cultural traditionalist for Cultural Resources. Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Spring 2003.
  • In vitro protocol for Hydrastis canadensis a native American medicinal plant. Hall, K.C. and Camper, N.C. 2002. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology of Plants. 38:293-295.

Recent Courses

  • BIOSC 304 / 308 - Plant Biology
  • BIOSC 493 - Senior Seminar
  • BIOSC 494 - Natural History Safari
  • BIOSC 730 - Ethnobotany of South Carolina
  • BIOSC 730 - Plant Safari
  • BIOSC 491 - Special Problems
  • BIOSC 340 - Plant Medicine and Magic

Graduate Students

  • Marguerite Porter (Wildlife Fisheries Biology)

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Economic Botany
  • National Science Teachers Association
  • Sigma Xi
  • Roots and Shoots (Jane Goodall Institute) - Faculty Sponsor