California Botanical Society


Student Research Grants
The inaugural CBS Student Research Grant application forms are now available. Proposals due May 6, 2016.

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

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Annetta Carter Memorial Fund
Next deadline: December 31, 2017

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The California Botanical Society was founded by Willis Linn Jepson in 1913 and has served 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 an annual banquet and lecture at various locations in California.
  • Research Support. Made possible by the Annetta Carter Memorial Fund, the Society supports botanical research on the green plants of Baja California.
  • 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 community of scientists. The Society supports graduate (and undergraduate) students undertaking botanical research through Paul Silva Student Research Grants. The Society provides reduced prices and other subsidies to undergraduate and graduate students to encourage their participation in all Society events. In addition, graduate students are encouraged to publish their research in Madroño, and to apply for Annetta Carter research grants.
  • Community Outreach to Non-Academic Professional Botanists. From time to time, the Society sponsors social events for professional networking purposes at meetings of other botanical organizations, field trips, and lectures. The Society also publishes Nemophilia, a digital newsletter and forum for our members covering topics of interest to members, including upcoming meetings, new botanists in the state, and articles about plants and the environment.
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.

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