Alain Cuerrier is a botanist at the Jardin botanique de Montréal, member-researcher at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV) and adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Université de Montréal. His research deals with local and traditional nature-related knowledge. He’s forged collaborations with the Québec Inuit, Cree, Innu and Naskapi as well as with the Squamish of British Columbia. Some of his students are working in French Guiana and Costa Rica. Beyond the field of ethnobotany, Alain Cuerrier studies the perception of nature and climate change among the First Nations of Canada. He’s also interested in traditional Native American medicine, particularly Arctic plants, those of the boreal forest and more recently those of certain tropical countries. In addition, he’s part of the Team in Aboriginal Antidiabetic Medicines of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and is treasurer of the International Society of Ethnobiology. He’s published over 60 articles and more than 12 books in the framework of his research. He is associate editor of the Journal of Ethnobiology and of Ethnobotany Research and Applications.