Eleanor Kuntz, PhD, has a B.A. degree in Biology with a focus in Botany from Smith College and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia. Eleanor’s academic work focused on gene flow and the evolutionary history between wild and cultivated plants, and has spent her post-graduate career using plant genetics to design and implement Best Agricultural Practices for natural product companies.
Devoted to honoring the true benefit of plants to the human body, she is also a trained herbalist, as a graduate of the Sage Mountain School of Herbal Studies under the mentorship of Rosemary Gladstar. An entrepreneur bridging the gap between traditional herbalism and modern science, Eleanor has recently merged her two plant passions together by cofounding LeafWorks, a botanical verification company using genetics improve medicinal quality, sustainability and transparency in the supply chain for the best possible plant experience. She is also Co-Founder of Canndor, the Peoples’ Herbarium. Canndor is committed to documenting and preserving Cannabis cultivars and collective knowledge, through community engagement. Eleanor is passionate about enhancing our connection to plants and understanding the relationship between plant, ecosystem and planet.