• San Diego Botanic Garden

Conservation and Science


SDBG works in botany, conservation horticulture, and applied plant sciences to address our biggest local and global issues—from food security and climate change to land management, sustainable use of natural resources, and home gardening. SDBG collaborates with local academics, companies and organizations to create innovative, impactful programs and initiatives; to conserve plants and habitats for the future; and to create and share knowledge. By expanding its scientific and conservation role to address our most pressing issues and human-plant relationships, SDBG is quickly becoming a model 21st century public plant science institution.


Research Associates
Research associates are distinguished researchers based at other institutions who work closely with San Diego Botanic Garden’s Research and Conservation staff to safeguard and sustainably utilize plant life on our planet.

Jade d’Alpoim Guedes, Ph.D.

  • Archeobotanist and Ethnobiologist. Bio coming soon.

Jim Bartel

  • After retiring in 2014 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and his work on endangered species conservation, Bartel has continued his more than 40 years of botanical research on the genetics, ecology, and taxonomy of western or North American cypresses (Hesperocyparis) and their close allies. He also has continued his work on the taxonomy and distribution of the succulent genus Dudleya in California.

Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D.

  • Bio coming soon.

Pieter van Rooyen, Ph.D.

  • Bio coming soon.



San Diego Botanic Garden Conservation

Photos Rachel Cobb