Gerry Turpin is a Mbabaram man from north Qld and a renowned Ethnobotanist. Ethnobotany is the scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.
Gerry has been employed by the Queensland State Government for about 30 years and has previously been involved in the Queensland Herbarium’s Vegetation Surveys and Regional Ecosystem Mapping Project in Queensland. He currently manages the Tropical Indigenous Ethnobotany Centre at the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns, in partnership with James Cook University, Dept. of Environment and Science and CSIRO, and has worked with many Traditional Owner groups on Cape York and other parts of Queensland. Gerry is also a member of the Ecological Society of Australia Board of Directors with the role of Indigenous Engagement. As an Indigenous ethnobotanist Gerry has a strong cultural commitment to facilitating effective partnerships that support Indigenous communities to protect, manage and maintain their cultural knowledge on the use of plants. For Sale POA
I have worked with many scientists in the field and at home. My partner Dr Ray Pierce is an ornithologist and I am continually learning about birds. Like Ray, Gerry Turpin has a wealth of knowledge and willingly imparts it on to his family and other Aboriginal friends and colleagues. It is wonderful working with people such as Ray and Gerry.