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Native Plant Roots and Serpentine Soil

ln December 2017 Alexandria Igwe, a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, was awarded the Donald Mayall Graduate Research Scholarship by our Chapter. Alexandria (Allie) has shared with us an article describing the purpose of her research along with some preliminary results.

Native Plant Roots and Serpentine Soil

By Alexandria Igwe, UC Davis July 2018

Green forest (nonserpentine) adjacent to grassy field (serpentine)Soil found at Coyote Ridge, McLaughlin Natural Reserve, Hopland Research and Extension Center and Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve have one thing in common: they were created through the weathering of ultramafic rock. Soil created from ultramafic rocks, serpentine soil, covers about 1% of California, but 13% of the state’s endemic plant species call it home. Serpentine soil is easily identified when it exists next to nonserpentine soil. There is usually a sharp change in vegetation from oaks and tall grasses in nonserpentine soil to small wildflowers and sparse trees in serpentine soil. In general, serpentine and nonserpentine soil can be considered a world divided. Many plants that exist on one soil type cannot survive on the other. Still, there are a class of serpentine-indifferent plants that are able to grow on both serpentine and nonserpentine soils.

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We thank Alexandria for her research and look forward to hearing more about her interesting work in serpentine habitat as her studies are completed. Alexandria may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is offering scholarships to students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California. Scholarships may be awarded to:

  • graduate students; or
  • an undergraduate student or undergraduate research team (consisting of one or more undergraduates and a supervising faculty member).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply.

Academic scholarships of $1,500 for graduate student research and a $1,000 scholarship for undergraduate student research are available. Evaluation of applications will focus on the stated purpose of the research, experimental design, relationship to native plant and native habitat conservation, and overall impression of the research project.

Scholarship Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in an accredited college or university and undertaking botanical research related to native
plants or native plant communities in Central or Northern California.

Required Information

Graduate Research Scholarship Undergraduate Research Scholarship
  1. Graduate Research Application Form
  2. Copy of Transcript (showing course work)
  3. Recommendation/Statement of Qualifications from Major Advisor
  1. Undergraduate Research Application Form (completed by Academic advisor and student(s))

Please note: There are separate application forms for individual graduate students and undergraduate students or research teams.

Send required application materials to:


California Native Plant Society, Scholarship Committee
c/o Nora Monette
2254 Laurel Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Applications must be postmarked by November 23, 2018

Scholarships will be awarded by December 31, 2018. Recipients are requested to share the results of their study or make a brief presentation on their research by attending a Santa Clara Valley CNPS Chapter meeting by May 2019.

*If a scholarship recipient cannot make the January, March or May 2019 Chapter meeting (generally at the Los Altos Public Library), other options and/or submittal of a brief article for our chapter newsletter) can be arranged.

The SCV Chapter would appreciate receiving an electronic copy of research results (thesis, dissertation, reports and/or journal articles) once research is complete.

Questions?

Questions regarding the scholarship application can be e-mailed to Nora Monette, the Scholarships Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Since 1999, the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has sponsored a scholarship program for students doing research on native plant or plant community conservation, plant ecology, plant community restoration, plant systematics, or other related botanical studies of native plants that grow in habitats in Central and Northern California.  Scholarships may be awarded to graduate students or an undergraduate student or undergraduate research team (consisting of one or more undergraduates and a supervising faculty member).

Students researching topics related to native plant and native habitat conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply. Applications must be postmarked by November 23, 2018.

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