Heather Schneider, Ph.D.

Heather oversees the Rare Plant Conservation Program. She spends a lot of time searching for rare plants on the Channel Islands and throughout California.

Rare Plant Biologist Heather Schneider, Ph.D., oversees the Rare Plant Conservation Program, which includes conducting research, implementing conservation and recovery actions, managing the Conservation Seed Bank, and providing outreach and education opportunities focused on California’s rare plants. Schneider’s research interests and experience are in plant ecology, seed banks, conservation, invasive plants, and evolutionary biology. She earned a doctorate in botany and plant sciences from the University of California, Riverside, worked as an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara before joining Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Schneider has been working to understand and protect the California flora since 2005. 

Research interests: seed banking, rare plant conservation, germination, rare plant reintroduction, plant ecology, science communication 

Publications

Schneider, H.E., S.A. Carson, & S.E. Termondt. 2021. Smoke-induced germination in the endangered Eriodictyon capitatum (Namaceae). Madrono 68:87–98.

Schneider, H.E. & S.A. Carson. 2020. A comprehensive collaborative project to recover 14 listed plant species on the Channel Islands – 2020 annual report. Unpublished report to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California. 54 pages.

Kofron, C.P., C. Rutherford, L.E. Andreano, M.J. Walgren & H.E. Schneider. 2019. Status of the endangered Indian Knob mountainbalm Eriodictyon altissimum (Namaceae) in central coastal California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 118: 21-41.

Schneider, H.E. & S.A. Carson. 2019. Lompoc yerba santa (Eriodictyon capitatum) germination study – Final Project Report 2019. Unpublished Report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 13 pp.

Schneider, H.E. & S.A. Carson. 2019. Santa Cruz Island Dudleya (Dudleya nesiotica) Survey – Final Project Report 2019. Unpublished Report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 16 pp.

Schneider, H.E. & S.A. Carson. 2019. A comprehensive collaborative project to recover 14 listed plant species on the Channel Islands – 2019 annual report. Unpublished report to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California. 68 pages.

Schneider, H.E. 2019. Rare plant survey and data management – project final report. Unpublished Report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 17 pp.

Maschinski, J., C. Walters, E. Guerrant, S. Murray, M. Kunz, H. Schneider, J. Affolter, T Gurnoe, N. Fraga, K. Havens, P. Vitt, K.D. Heineman & C. Horn. 2018. Collecting seeds from wild plant populations. Pages 1-10 – 1-23 In CPC Best plant conservation practices to support species survival in the wild. Center for Plant Conservation, San Diego, CA.

Mack, J.S., H.E. Schneider, & K.H. Berry. 2018. Crowding affects health, growth, and behavior in headstart pens for Agassiz’s desert tortoise. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 17: 14-26.

Schneider, H.E., S.E. Termondt, & C.M. Guilliams. 2018. Rare plant surveys and conservation seed collections in the California Floristic Province in Baja California, Mexico final report. Unpublished report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. 13 pp.

Schneider, H.E., S.E. Termondt, & H. Federlein. 2018. Sanicula maritima (adobe sanicle) root propagation study. Unpublished report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 23 pp.

Knapp, D. & H. Schneider. 2017. Conservation of salt marsh bird’s beak (Chloropyron maritimum subsp. maritimum). Unpublished final report prepared for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura, by the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Santa Barbara, California.

McEachern, K., P. Dixon, E. Havstad, W. Hoyer, D. Knapp, J. Knapp, L. Luna-Mendoza, B. Munson, & H. Schneider. 2017. The struggle for recovery. Fremontia 45: 32-36.

Schneider, H.E. & S.M. Calloway. 2017. Habitat management and post-fire rehab for Vandenberg AFB, California: Eriogonum parvifolium surveys – Final Report 2017. Unpublished report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 20 pp.

Schneider, H.E. & S.M. Calloway. 2017. Habitat Management for Vandenberg AFB, California: Layia carnosa surveys – Final Report 2017. Unpublished report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 17 pp.

Schneider, H.E. 2017. Final Report – Sanicula maritima (adobe sanicle) seed germination study. Unpublished report, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, CA. 7 pp.

Insights

  • Resilience of Rare Plants

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  • Rare & Endangered

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