About Maria's Work

Maria Jesus is a Conservation Botanist at the California Botanic Garden (CalBG) where she works to advance native and rare plant conservation. She recently earned her MS in Botany from CalBG/Claremont Graduate University where she studied the flora of the southern Inyo Mountains – a regionally important plant area in eastern California that is threatened by mining development. Her experiences collaborating with stakeholders on this issue instilled a passion for engaging in research and other efforts aimed at influencing land management decisions and improving conservation outcomes. Maria's work to protect plant diversity has included surveying for sensitive plant species, writing listing petitions, conducting public outreach, and engaging with diverse stakeholders.