Bumper Crop of Interns at the Garden

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden always has a ‘bumper crop’ of interns during the summer. The internship program is another way in which the organization furthers botany education. RSABG interns receive hands-on training as plant scientists.

Our interns come to us from a variety of sources

  • Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program is a Getty Foundation initiative that supports internship opportunities for students at Los Angeles area museums and visual art organizations. Lisa Gluckstein, RSABG’s 2011 Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Intern, will be helping to archive the Marcus Jones collection.
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation Land Management Program has placed interns Christi Gabriel, Stephanie Rockwood and Lindsey Ward to help with RSABG’s herbarium and conservation botany programs.
  • California State University, San Bernardino, through a U.S. Department of Agriculture training grant has placed Terry Higgins and Christopher Galley at RSABG.
  • Pamela Luncz, a plant science major at Cal Poly Pomona, is interning with RSABG Horticulture helping with grounds, nursery and plant inventory operations.

Porter and Morawetz NSF Grant Awards

The Research Department currently holds 11 National Science Foundation grants.

Champagne was popped to celebrate the most recent National Science Foundation grant recipients—J. Mark Porter and Jeffery J. Morawetz.

J. Mark Porter, CGU associate professor of botany and RSABG research scientist, has been awarded a three-year grant to study the plant genus Loeselia that is a member of the Phlox family (Polemoniaceae). This funding, among other endeavors, will support Porter’s fieldwork in areas where this genus occurs in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama. With this extensive sampling, supplemented with collections made by a Colombian colleague, Porter will be able to help clarify the relationships within this fascinating genus.

Jeffery J. Morawetz, The Fletcher Jones Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at RSABG, and colleague Christopher Randle at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, also received a three-year grant for their proposal “Systematic Investigation of Tropical Diversity in Orobanchaceae.” Morawetz and Randle are investigating the evolution of parasitism, and biodiversity, within the poorly known and understudied tropical lineage of the broomrape family. Their fieldwork will take them to four continents—North and South America (Mexico and Brazil), Asia (China) and Africa (Kenya and Madagascar).