About the Program

Dr. Mary Leolin Bowerman co-founded Save Mount Diablo in 1971. Mary was a botanist and a student of the flora of Mount Diablo for over 70 years. In her honor, Save Mount Diablo established the Mary Bowerman Science and Research program in 2013.

The 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.

Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to applicants who are conducting studies that will enhance the ecological understanding of the region and inform land management and conservation practices.

The Dr. Mary Bowerman Science & Research Grant program is not currently accepting applications. Please check back again later in 2022.


How to Apply for a Grant for Your Project

Application Process

To apply for a grant, your project should

  • Be affiliated with an academic, nonprofit, or professional scientific entity.
  • Be within the Mount Diablo wilderness and watersheds.
  • Include any permits, maps, or other pertinent attachments.
  • Include a projected budget.

Read and carefully fill out the application.

Submit the completed application as a single Adobe PDF by email, to
Denise Castro, Education & Outreach Associate at dcastro@savemountdiablo.org.
You will receive a confirmation of your application from us within one or two business days.


About Save Mount Diablo’s Annual Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium

In addition to supporting research on and around the mountain by offering small grant awards, the goal of the MBSR program is to share valuable findings and management implications for Mount Diablo’s natural resources with the public.

To this end, every December Save Mount Diablo hosts a Mary Bowerman Science and Research colloquium, in which 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.

It’s our hope that the stories and findings emanating from the Mary Bowerman Science and Research Grant program will reach new audiences, spark interest in the community, and inspire more visitors and researchers to the Mount Diablo region.

View a recording of the most recent colloquium:

You can find answers to the live audience’s questions here.


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