2013 Northern California Botanists Symposium

From the Redwoods to the Sagebrush:
Botany Ranging Far and Wide

14-15 January 2013
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanits hosted their 5th botanical symposium on January 14-15, 2013 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional botanical workshops were held on Wednesday January 16. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists included sessions on Biogeography, Restoration & Recovery, Redwood and North Coast Botany and Ecology, Non-seed Plants, Biology of Propagules of Northern California Seed Plants, Great Basin/Eastern Sierra Botany, and New Discoveries. The 2013 Program Booklet is available.

2013 Plenary Speaker: Todd Dawson

The Plenary Speaker was Todd Dawson, Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley. Todd’s talk “From a redwood forest to a sagebrush steppe? What coast redwoods face under a changing climate” will “take a look back in time to what Redwoods “have seen” in the past environs they have occupied, what they are “seeing now” and how current climate conditions shape their biology and then finally explore what future climate change projections hold for the future of Coast Redwoods and the ecosystems they compose.”

2013 Keynote Speaker: Barbara Ertter

The 2013 Symposium Keynote Speaker was Barbara Ertter. Barbara served for over two decades as Collections Manager at the University and Jepson herbaria at the University of California in Berkeley, before stepping down from curatorial/administrative responsibilities in 2006. Although now based primarily in her home town of Boise, Idaho, she continues pursuing her research interests as Curator of Western North American Flora at UC/JEPS. Among these interests are Potentilla and related genera (which she has authored for the Jepson Manual and Flora of North America); floristics of East Bay and other parts of western North America; and the history of California botany. Barbara’s talk was titled “People, Plants, and Politics: The Early Years of California's Botanical Institutions.”

For more information on this subject, read Barbara's recent publication titled "The Flowering of Natural History Institutions in California".

Optional post-symposium workshops and field trips were scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 and included “Field Methods using Calflora Tools” by John Malpas and a combination workshop/field trip on "Introduction into Mushroom Foraging and Identification" taught by Phil Carpenter.

Post-Symposium Workshops and Field Trip

Workshop 2:  Field Methods using Calflora Tools – Tools to help identify, map, and explore wild diversity

Instructor:           John Malpas, Calflora

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., CSUC Campus, Bell Memorial Union, Room 210
Cost:  $50.00

Workshop 3:  Introduction into Mushroom Foraging and Identification

Instructor:           Phil Carpenter

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Conference Center
Cost:  $90.00

More information is available here.

LunchTime Discussion Groups!

The 2013 Symposium included lunchtime discussion groups. See the description below!

Monday - Student Career Panel

Attention students! Are you curious about what awaits you on the other side of your diploma? Come to the NCB 2013 Student Career Panel to find out! This free, lunchtime event will bring together a panel of botanists who work for a variety of different employers, including the federal government, local government, a non-profit organization, and a private company. Panelists will describe their jobs in detail, providing insight into the daily life of a botanist at their respective organizations. Students will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Both undergraduates and graduate students are welcome, and panelists will provide information for students at all levels. Discussion Leaders: Matt Guilliams and Julie Nelson.

Tuesday - What to Make of Walnuts?

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the distribution of northern California black walnut (Juglans hindsii) changed from restricted to wide ranging; and along the way, these trees acquired some nonnative ancestors. This brownbag will be a group discussion on the implications of these changes for management practices. Discussion Leaders: John Hunter and Paul Kirk.