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.

*Save Mount Diablo is now accepting grant applications for research conducted in the Mount Diablo region. Applications are due by February 24, 2020.

How to Apply for a Grant for Your Project

Application Process:

Grants are accepted on a rolling basis.

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, Stewardship & Outreach Associate

You will receive a confirmation of your application from us within one or two business days.

Join Us!

Attend the Annual Dr. Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium, held each year at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. Grant recipients and other researcher will present the findings of research projects on the Diablo Range.

Registration Information

To Be Announced (Late 2020)

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

In addition to 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 an annual 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.

Crowd enjoying a PowerPoint presentation at the fourth Mary Bowerman Science and Research Colloquium on December 14, 2017.  Image credit: Al Johnson

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