California Botanical Society








Paul Silva in 1954 in Collioure, France















annettacarter1932 Annetta Carter in 1932 on the Calypso Club trip to Ft. Bragg




Photo: Debra Valov

Paul Silva Student Research Grants

The Paul Silva Student Research Grant is named after Paul Silva (1922-2014), a phycologist and Curator of Algae at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley, whose bequest to the Society has made this award possible. Awards are made to qualified undergraduate and graduate students working on projects that will help achieve the Society's goal of advancing Western American botany. Students from any accredited university doing botanical research within western North America are eligible for this award.

The next deadline for receipt of applications for a Paul Silva Student Research Grant is April 24, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts, and winners will be announced in late May.

For application details and application form are here:

- Application Details

- Application Form


Past Recipients

2016 - Kristen Peach, University of California, Santa Barbara: Predicting responses of wild plant populations to climate change: Integrating climatic and biological factors influencing the ecology of floral attraction



The Annetta Carter Memorial Fund

The Annetta Carter Memorial Fund honors Annetta Carter, who devoted the last 40 years of her life to the study of the Baja California flora. Her special interests were floristics, history, biogeography, and ethnobotany of the Sierra de la Giganta.

The review committee will consider proposals from members of the California Botanical Society who are conducting or proposing to conduct botanical research on the green plants of Baja California. Studies of populations outside Baja will also be considered if they elucidate problems in Baja California.

Application details are here:

- In English

- En Español

Next deadline is December 31, 2017


Past Recipients

2016 - Andy Siekkinen: Searching for Hechtia gayorum, the Baja Endemic Bromeliad

2014 - C. Matt Guilliams: Distribution, extent, and floristics of vernal pools in Baja California, Mexico

2014 - Daniel E. Winkler: Reconnaissance of the status of a rare, endemic plant species in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park, Baja California, Mexico

2012 - Kristen Hasenstab-Lehman: The vascular flora of Greater San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico

2010 - Christopher DiVittorio: Adaptive radiation of Encelia (Asteraceae) in Baja California

2008 - Sula Vanderplank: The vascular flora of Greater San Quintin, Baja California, Mexico

2006 - Peter J. Garcia: Plant collecting on Isla Angel, Sea of Cortez

2005 - Jon P. Rebman: Checklist of the plants of Lower California, Mexico