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Héctor Alejandro Keller | Humanities and Science Integration | Best Researcher Award

Prof Dr Héctor Alejandro Keller, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales UNaM and Instituto de Botánica del Nordeste UNNE, Argentina

🌿 Dr. H. A. Keller is a distinguished researcher with a Pedagogical Bachelor’s from Escuela Normal Superior N° 2 (1990) and a Forestry Engineering degree from Universidad Nacional de Misiones (2000). He earned Ph.D.s in Natural Resources (2008) and Social Anthropology (2016), both with outstanding grades. He serves as an Independent Researcher at Argentina’s National Council of Science and Technology, Professor at Universidad Nacional de Misiones, and Director of the Doctorate in Sustainable Management of Renewable Natural Resources. He authored three books and numerous publications in ethnobotany and anthropology, highlighting his extensive contributions to the field. 📚🌱🧑‍🏫


Publication profile



🎓 With a solid foundation in education, I earned a Pedagogical bachelor’s degree from Escuela Normal Superior N° 2, Manuel Belgrano, in Montecarlo Misiones in December 1990. 🌳 I furthered my studies, obtaining a degree as a Forestry Engineer from Facultad de Ciencias Forestales – Universidad Nacional de Misiones in February 2000. 🌿 My academic journey continued with a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Universidad Nacional del Nordeste, focusing on the ethnobotany of Guaraní communities, completed with an outstanding grade in March 2008. 🧑‍🎓 I also achieved a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Universidad Nacional de Misiones in October 2016, specializing in ethnobiological studies, again with top marks. 🌱


Dr. Keller has authored three significant books: “La Fotosíntesis de la Cultura” (2017), “Jose Sanchez Labrador S.J. El Paraguay Natural Ilustrado Parte Segunda” (2022), and “Herramientas para el Desarrollo Sostenible en Comunidades Originarias” (in press). 📖🌿


🌟 Received a special mention for the article and conference presentation “Guarani of Misiones and Orchids: Traditional Uses and Guidelines for Sustainable Commercial Use” at the II° Congress of Orchidology and Conservation and 1st meet on Bromeliaceae in Montecarlo, Misiones. In 2015, earned a special mention for the book “La Fotosíntesis de la Cultura” with the Susnik Awards at Andrés Barbero Museum, Paraguay. In 2022, was nominated to join the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (USA) but declined due to economic difficulties in maintaining the membership fee. Eponyms: Lasiodactylus kelleri, Gaya kelleri, Phaeostemma kelleri, Sida kelleri, and Borreria kelleri. 🌸📘🌱

Research focus

Dr. Horacio A. Keller’s research focuses on the botany and ethnobotany of South American flora, particularly in Argentina. His work encompasses the discovery and classification of new plant species 🌱, the study of plant usage by local communities 🔍, and the conservation of native plants 🌿. Dr. Keller’s publications include studies on Isoetes candelariensis, firewood species selection, and new records of Trichilia pallens. He also examines the ecological impact of species like Melinis minutiflora 🌾 and investigates the biocultural conservation of traditional housing in Iberá 🏡. His extensive research contributes significantly to understanding and preserving Argentina’s botanical diversity 🌳.

Publication top notes

Isoetes candelariensis, a new species of Isoetaceae (Lycopodiidae) from Argentina

Species selection criteria for firewood. Preferred species and classification categories in two local communities in eastern Misiones, Argentina

Trichilia pallens (Meliaceae) new record for the argentine flora and nomenclatural novelties for the genus | Trichilia pallens (Meliaceae) nueva cita para la flora argentina y novedades nomenclaturales para el género

Phylogenetics in Scyphostelma (Apocynaceae: Orthosiinae) and description of new species

Two new species in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae (Apocynaceae) in Salta Province, Argentina. | DOS NUEVAS ESPECIES DE LA SUBFAMILIA ASCLEPIADOIDEAE (APOCYNACEAE) EN LA PROVINCIA DE SALTA, ARGENTINA

Monodominance of Calophyllum brasiliense (Calophyllaceae) in hygrophilous rainforest stands in NE Corrientes (Argentina) | MONODOMINANCIA DE CALOPHYLLUM BRASILIENSE (CALOPHYLLACEAE) EN SITIOS DE SELVA HIGRÓFILA EN EL NE DE CORRIENTES (ARGENTINA)

Traditional housing in the Iberá region from an ethnobotanical approach: contributions to biocultural conservation | La vivienda tradicional en la región de Iberá desde un enfoque etnobotánico: aportes a la conservación biocultural

Mimosa serra (Caesalpinioideae, Fabaceae): conservation insights and its presence in Argentina

Héctor Alejandro Keller | Humanities and Science Integration | Best Researcher Award

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