Welcome to Northern California Botanists

Northern California Botanists is an organization with the purpose of increasing knowledge and communication among agency, consulting, academic, and other botanists about botanical issues concerning science, conservation, education, and professional development. Our primary objectives are to establish a communication forum via occasional meetings, a scholarship fund for students working on botanical problems in northern California, a job forum, and symposia that focus on the botany of northern California.

The geographic range for defining the Northern California Botanists (NCB) area of interest for symposia presentations, associated workshops, and student research scholarships includes the area extending northward--from the southern boundary of San Luis Obispo County and western slope of the Tehachapi Mountains, following the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, to the southern boundary of Mono County. Students from any accredited college or university doing research within the NCB geographic range may apply for NCB student research scholarships. NCB welcomes members from all areas.

2016 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Registration is Open!

11-12 January 2016
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists will host their 7th botanical symposium on January 11-12, 2016 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday January 13. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on Plant Genetics 101, Managing in a Changing Climate, Locally Rare and Peripheral Plant Populations, Evolution of the California Flora, Restoration, New Discoveries, Now the Good News, and Lightning Talks.

For more information on the 2016 Symposium, visit the Symposium Homepage.

2016 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Harrison

The 2016 Symposium Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Susan Harrison from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on understanding the processes that shape and maintain plant species diversity at the landscape scale, where small-scale forces such as competition and facilitation interact with large-scale forces such as niche evolution and dispersal. In recent years, much of her work has concerned the effects of climate change on plant communities in semi-arid climates. Susan’s talk is titled “The future of plant diversity in a warmer, drier California.”

Post-Symposium Workshops

Optional post-symposium workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, January 13 and include “Surveying for Rare California Bryophytes” by Ben Carter and "An Expanding Threat: Exotic Phytophthora Species Entering Native Landscapes" taught by Elizabeth Bernhardt, Suzanne Rooney Latham, and Ted Swieck, and "Making Herbarium-Quality Plant Specimen" by Ellen Dean. Workshop participants do not have to be registered for the Symposium. More information is available here.

California Botanical Society Mixer

The Califoria Botanical Society will hold a mixer on Sunday, January 10th at 5:30 at the Madison Bear Garden (downtown Chico). The cost is $10 per person and can be paid with the Symposium registration. CalBotSoc will provide appetizers with a no-host bar. Come to town early to join in on this fun social event.

Call for Posters - Deadline for submission extended to Dec. 11th!

The NCB symposium planning committee invites you to share your work and knowledge of the biology, ecology, conservation and management of our northern California plant life with others at the 2016 NCB Symposium.

Click here for more details!

2016 Symposium Sponsorship

Please consider becoming a sponsor of the 2016 Symposium. For more information, visit the symposium sponsorship page.

2016 - 2017 Research Scholarship applications now available!

Northern California Botanists is accepting applications for our Botany Research Scholarship Program for the 2016 - 2017 academic year. See the Research Scholarships Page for more detail.

Congratulations to our 2015 - 2016 Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce the awardees of our 2015 - 2016 Student Research Scholarships. We received 31 applicants, and as usual, there were many great research projects submitted for review. We are awarding eight $1,000 scholarships for the 2015 - 2016 school year.

See the Research Scholarship page for more detail.

Contact Us

Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com

NCB's mailing address:

Northern California Botanists
P. O. Box 8042
Chico, CA 95927-8042