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Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 p.,m.:Talks by two of our 2019 grant recipients: This month we have two 20-minute talks from two CNPS San Gabriel Mountains Chapter 2019 grant recipients.

Maria Jesus is a master’s student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden/Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Maria managed a multi-agency vegetation monitoring program aimed at informing adaptive management of public lands in California and Nevada. She is committed to the advancement of native plant conservation, mentoring emerging botanists, and increasing public support and understanding of plant science.

Glen Morrison began his scientific education at Citrus Community College, in Glendora, California, where he first was involved in field biology and botanical research, before transferring to Cal Poly Pomona to complete his bachelor's degree. As an undergraduate, Glen fell in love with botany, exploring the flora of the San Gabriel Mountains, and found research experiences at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside on a diverse range of botanical topics. He is now in the third year of his PhD in the Plant Biology graduate program at UC Riverside, where he works with Amy Litt, applying new methods to evaluate the distinctiveness of currently recognized species and subspecies in the most species-diverse woody genus in the California flora, the manzanitas (Arctostaphylos Adans.). After graduating from his PhD, Glen plans to pursue a career as an educator and researcher.