On Tuesday, December 4, Save Mount Diablo’s 5th Annual Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium was held at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. (The Center’s name honors the work of an extraordinary conservationist who was the first Executive Director of the Sierra Club and also did many other things on behalf of our environment.)
The event was a huge success, full of captivating new information and discoveries presented by seven researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds on a variety of topics.
Some of these topics included the invasive spread of New Zealand mud snails in the Bay Area, the use of camera traps to capture mountain lion behavior, the unwavering resistance and immunity of a predator beetle to cyanide, and the volcanic composition of Marsh Creek soils.
Recognition was then given to Heath Bartosh as founding chair of the Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program Committee by Malcolm Sproul and Scott Hein.
Right after the event, delicious catered food was provided by Save Mount Diablo to celebrate Heath Bartosh’s and all the researchers’ amazing contributions towards scientific advancement.
Thank you to all of our presenters, including our Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program 2018 grant recipients, for sharing your important scientific work with our community!
About the Dr. Mary Bowerman Science and Research Program
The Dr. Mary Bowerman Science and Research (MBSR) Program provides small grants, especially to students, for research projects on Save Mount Diablo properties and the network of protected lands in the Mount Diablo region. Each year, grants are awarded to applicants who are conducting studies that will enhance the ecological understanding of the region and inform land management and conservation practices.
At the end of the year, Save Mount Diablo hosts our annual Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium, where grant recipients and other researchers working on the mountain present their findings. This event informs other scientists, researchers, and interested public attendees about ongoing projects and discoveries in the Diablo range.
Stay tuned for more information about applying for future grants, which will be available for up to $2,500 per project.