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.

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.

2016 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Plant Adaptations: Research, Conservation, and Management

The seventh Northern California Botanists Symposium will be held at CSU Chico on January 11-12, 2016 with optional workshops on the 13th. Planning is now underway; sessions will include Botanical Genetics, Local Rarity: Disjunct and Marginal Populations, Restoration, Climate Change, Evolutionary California Groups, And Now Some Good News, and New Discoveries.

We are happy to announce that Dr. Susan Harrison of UC Davis will be our Keynote Speaker.  Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on the processes that shape and maintain plant species diversity at the landscape scale. She will discuss climate-induced changes to California plant communities with a focus on diversity loss in a grassland community.

As our last session on Monday, we will have a half hour of six 5-minute long lightning talks. This is patterned after a similar session at the CNPS conference. If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, please send one or two sentences about your topic, a title, and your contact information to linneachanson@gmail.com.

More information will be available on our website in Sepember. We hope to see you next January!

Thank you to our many sponsors of the 2014 Symposium!

Agencies and Organizations:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • California Botanical Society
  • California Invasive Plant Council
  • California Native Grasslands Association
  • California Native Plant Socieity - State Office
  • College of Natural Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • Department of Biological Sciences, California State University, Chico
  • ECORP Consulting
  • Friends of the Chico State Herbarium
  • Garcia & Associates
  • Hedgerow Farms
  • Mt. Lassen Chapter - California Native Plant Society
  • North State Resources, Inc.
  • Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5), US Forest Service
  • Ray Collett Trust
  • Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  • Sierra Pacific Foundation
  • Southern California Botanists
  • University & Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley


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