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

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.

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

Lightening Talks at the 2016 Symposium

This year we are offering a 5 minute per talk session. Consider giving a talk if you:

  • Are working on a project about Northern California and want to give us a quick update.
  • Are aware of an issue of concern or growing need in the botanical community.
  • Want to promote something exciting.
  • Need to hire people for an upcoming botanical project.
  • Have discovered something novel and interesting while working on a project.
  • Know of new laws or regulations that the community should know about.
  • Want to update about what your organization is doing in Northern California.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, contact jennyost@gmail.com by November 1st with the following information: Your name, organization, one to three sentences about the topic of the talk, and the best way to contact you. If you are chosen to give a talk, you will be contacted in the second week of November.

2016 Symposium Sponsorship

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

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