The Department of Botany offers a unique combination of resources and experience and a wide variety of services available by contract. As part of the Museum's interdisciplinary Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, our mission is to serve as the leading center for the scientific study of natural history, biological diversity, and evolution within our region.

Consulting Services

The department offers biological services, herbarium services, and access to the collections for research purposes. For a complete description click here


Currently in print, the fourth edition of the Checklist of Vascular Plants of San Diego County catalogs all native and naturalized vascular plants known to occur in San Diego County, California, U.S.A. (Note that "naturalized" refers to non-native plants that grow, persist, and reproduce in natural, non-cultivated habitats) The Botany Department has compiled some localized floristic studies in our region. Click here to view the regional floristic lists.