I grew up moving all over the country, including living for a year each in England and Germany, with my anthropologist parents. This unique upbringing fueled my interest in learning about diverse topics. I love being able to consolidate and organize my experiences to then educate others.

My interests have led me to work in a variety of fields acquiring a diverse skill set with the (current) ultimate goal of working in a botanical garden or museum.

I recently completed my Master’s of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.) at the University of Maryland while working at the David C. Driskell Center, an African American art museum and archive. My studies had a heavy focus in ethnobotany (the relationship between plants and people), food anthropology, and museum studies.

While completing my Master’s degree, I was working on multiple research projects including at a botanical garden in San Antonio, TX, a Hindu Temple in Toronto, Canada, and a meta-analysis on urban foraging.

I now live in the San Antonio, Texas area.

Areas of Interest

  • Ethnobotany
  • Anthropology of Food
  • Museum Engagement
  • Public Education


  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Applied Anthropology - University of Maryland 2020
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Environmental Policy- Fordham University 2014


  • 2018-10-14
    Research Photo Featured in AAA 2019 Calendar


  • Urban foraging and transference of ethnobotanical knowledge
  • Ethnobotanical History of Southern Texas
  • Plant utilization and representation in Hindu Mother Worship Temple ceremonies in Toronto, CA
Research Topics
Maeve standing with sunglasses under a white umbrella
maevebassett [at] gmail.com