A comprehensive, collaborative project to recover 14 listed plants on the Channel Islands

Project Dates

2017 - 2022


Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is the lead institution on this large, collaborative grant focused on conservation and recovery of 14 listed plants on California’s Channel Islands. It includes a variety of actions for these species: 1) determine the current status and population trends for 13 species through census and demography (life stage) surveys; 2) collect seeds from 12 species for conservation seed banking; 3) use seed collections of six species to produce additional (bulk) seed and start several new populations per species; 4) outplant new populations of three species from container stock; 5) conduct a soil seed bank study for one species; 6) conduct pollination biology and seed germination studies for one species; and 7) conduct a population genomics study of one species to assess genetic diversity within and between islands.


To recover 14 listed plant species on the California Channel Islands

Team Members

Heather Schneider, Ph.D.

Sean Carson

Kevin Mason

Matt Wang

Melina Matheney

Jagger Joyner

Kristen Lehman, Ph.D.

Matt Guilliams, Ph.D.

Caitlin Hazelquist

Isabel Rivera

Denise Knapp, Ph.D.

Kylie Etter

Sarah Cusser, Ph.D.


The Nature Conservancy

Channel Islands National Park

U.S. Geological Survey

Wildlands Conservation Science

California Institute of Environmental Studies

Catalina Island Conservancy


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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