California Botanical Society


Paul Silva Student Research Grants
Application forms are due April 24, 2017.

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Congratulations to the winners
of the 26th Graduate Student Symposium

hosted by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden,
April 8 2017.

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Annual Banquet
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, April 8 2017. Keynote address: Steve Junak, Botanical History of the Channel Islands

Annual banquet SOLD OUT

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Upcoming Field Trips
Friday, April 7, 2017: Santa Cruz Island (limit 20)
Leader: Steve Junak and Matt Guilliams

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Figueroa Mountain
Leader: Larry Ballard and Matt Guilliams

Registration and more information now available.

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Annetta Carter Memorial Fund Grants
Next deadline: December 31, 2017

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New special issue of Madroño
Plant Diversity and Endemism in the California Floristic Province. Available now!

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The California Botanical Society was founded by Willis Linn Jepson in 1913 and serves a major role in advancing Western American botany with its five primary program services:

  • Scientific Publications. Since 1916, the Society has published the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Madroño, the leading source of research articles on the ecology, systematics, floristics, restoration, and conservation biology of Western American botanical organisms, including those of Mexico, Central and South America.
  • Annual Banquet. The Society sponsors a banquet and lecture held annually in California.
  • Research Support. The Society supports botanical research on the green plants of Baja California through grants under the Annetta Carter Memorial Fund, and supports students undertaking botanical research within western North America through Paul Silva Student Research Grants.
  • Graduate Student Support. Every other year, in conjunction with our annual banquet, the Society sponsors a student-organized symposium where students come together to present their research and participate in a diverse community of botanists. The Society provides reduced prices and other subsidies to students to encourage their participation in all Society events, including travel grants to attend the biennial Graduate Student Symposia. Student research support is provided through Paul Silva Student Research Grants and Annetta Carter research grants. In addition, students are encouraged to publish their research in Madroño.
  • Community Outreach. The Society sponsors social events for professional networking purposes, field trips, and lectures. The Society also publishes Nemophilia, a digital newsletter and forum covering topics of interest to our members, including upcoming meetings, new botanists in the state, and articles about plants and the environment. Additionally, the Society is developing a program to bring botany to K-12 schools through the Botany Ambassadors program.
The Society welcomes membership by all individuals interested in Western American botany. Subscriptions to Madroño are available for institutions. Membership dues and institutional subscriptions support the publication of Madroño, and our grants and education programs.

CBS centennial 100 years of the California Botanical Society. See photos from the Centennial Banquet.
Photo: Ana Penny
Photo: Ana Penny