Mary DeDecker Botanical Grant Program
In 2001, the Bristlecone Chapter established a grants program as a fitting tribute to Mary DeDecker, a renowned local botanist and founding member of our chapter. Our goal is to facilitate research and projects that increase the understanding and appreciation of native plants and ecosystems in the Eastern Sierra.
Anyone may apply for a grant, but we are especially interested in helping graduate students, college students, and primary and secondary students (K-12). Research projects need not be academic or scholarly but must be relevant to the native plants of the northern Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Great Basin portions of eastern California. Applications from students must include written support from a major advisor or teacher.
Grant recipients receive up to $1,000 each for expenses and are asked to present their results to the Bristlecone Chapter either at a regular meeting or in the chapter newsletter. Recipients must submit a progress report at the end of the year. The request for proposals is sent to universities and schools in September with the deadline for submissions in early December. Applicants will be notified by the end of January.
We have awarded grants to graduate students for research on various ecological, taxonomic and physiological aspects of our native flora. We have also helped to fund an education program on native plants for local schools, a mural project which included native plants, native plant gardens and invasive weed eradication projects.
These grants are supported by the annual native plant sale.
Apply for a Grant
- New request for proposals will usually be posted and sent out annually in September or October
- 2016 Grant Deadline is January 20, 2017
- Applicants will be notified of award by early March 2017
- For more information, contact the DeDecker Botanical Grants Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Grant Awards
2016 DeDecker Botanical Grant Recipients Announced
The Bristlecone Chapter is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s DeDecker Botanical Grant. It is through the success of our annual native plant sales and the generous donations of plant enthusiasts that we are able to support a high variety of excellent projects, including:
- Brian Smithers: Fire disturbance-mediated range shifts in Great Basin sub-alpine tree species
- JonahMaria Weeks: Effects of Fire Severity on Plant Diversity along Temporal and Elevation Gradients in Mixed-Conifer Forests in the Sierra Nevada
- Katherine Ross: Population Structure, Water Use Efficiency, and the Potential for Upslope Migration in Eastern Sierra Nevada conifer species
Congratulations and good luck to each of you with your project!
Projects Previously Funded (2004 or earlier):
- Flora of the Glass Mountain Region, Mono County, CA
- Ruth Timme, San Francisco State University - Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Polemonium (polemoniaceae) using both molecular sequence data and morphological characters
- Eve Laeger - Survey and Collection of Bryoflora in the deserts and mountains
- Linah Ababneh, University of Arizona - The response of high altitude subalpine pine forests to elevated CO2 and nitrogen dispositions
- Hester Bell, Ranch Santa Ana Botanic Garden - Swallenia alexandrae and its relationship to Distichlis (Saltgrass)
- Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve's Outdoor Education Program - The Native Plant Project
- Aaron Bagge, University of California, Santa Cruz - Why do hummingbird-pollinated plants produce dilute nectar? Plant fitness tradeoffs between nectar concentration and pollination in Ipomopsis aggregata
The State California Native Plant Society has four different types of Educational Grants available. Proposals are due on September 30. Please see details at http://www.cnps.org/cnps/education/grants.php There is a new online application system. Non-student researchers may also apply.