Student Scholarship Grant Program

In 2019, our chapter established a grant program to encourage college and university students to undertake research and projects on California native plants within Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The goal of the scholarship is to advance the accessibility of native plant research in addition to increasing the feasibility of a project emphasizing the natives in our two beautiful counties. Qualifying topics include, but are not limited to: the ecology of native plants, plant communities, pollination ecology, seed dispersal, taxonomy, phenology, restoration, conservation, and more.

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2024’s Recipient – Selene Lopez, CSUCI

Proposal: Antibacterial Effects of Chumash Plants

The overall goal of this research is to evaluate the antibacterial activity of 18 Chumash medicinal plants against different common pathogenic bacteria. Plants studied include black sage, California buckwheat, coastal sage, manzanita, lemonade berry, toyon, yarrow, yerba mansa, yerba buena, white sage, rue, mugwort, California rose, purple sage, chaparral bush mallow, California fuchsia, California milkweed, and narrow leaf milkweed; and bacteria used include Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Pseudomonas fluorescens. Preliminary results show significant antibacterial activity in white sage, lemonade berry, wild buckwheat, rue, and California fuchsia. In 2024, our main focus will be on identifying the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the 5 most effective extracts, and identifying active phytochemical groups responsible for antibacterial properties.

Previous Grant Recipients

2022:  Mary Cadogan, UCSB;  Seed Predation and Herbivory Study for an endangered species, the Nipomo Mesa lupine (Lupinus nipomensis).

2021:  Stephanie Calloway, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Recruitment limitations of the northern island mallow (Malva assurgentiflora subsp. assurgentiflora) on Anacapa Island

2021: Annie Meeder, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo;  Analysis of Alternative Post-Eradication Transitions and Spatio-Temporal Dynamics of Grasslands on Santa Cruz Island.

2020:  Joanna Tang, UC Santa Barbara; Restoring Vernal Pool Communities Through Thatch Manipulation.

2019:  Theresa Lujan, Cal State University, Channel Islands; Phylogenetic and Morphological Analyses of Channel Islands Endemic Malacothrix.