2014 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Northern California Plant Life – Botany for a Changing World

January 13-14, 2014
California State University, Chico

Join us January 13-14, 2014 for the 6th botanical symposium hosted by Northern California Botanists. It will be held in the Bell Memorial Union on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional botanical workshops will be held on Wednesday January 15. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will focus on climate change and will include sessions on Alpine Ecology, Rare Plants, Pollinators, Wetlands, Fungi, Horticultural Restoration, and New Discoveries. Registration is now open!

Session 4 on Monday will be a dedicated poster session with poster authors present for questions and discussion. The reception will follow the poster session with a no-host bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The Banquet will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Ackerly of the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Ackerly’s presentation is titled “Climate Change and Conservation: Visualizing our Future“. Dr. Ackerly’s research examines the ecology and evolution of California’s native plants. His interests include the adaptations of plants to the Mediterranean climate, the diversity of drought-tolerant and post-fire life history strategies, and the importance of topography and microclimates for plant distributions. His current research on the potential impacts of climate change on native vegetation emphasizes the San Francisco Bay Area and the implications for open space management and biodiversity conservation.

This year’s Plenary Presentation will be given by Dr. Kabir Peay. Dr. Peay is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Stanford University. His research focuses on the biology & ecology of symbiotic interactions. His studies concentrate on one of the most pervasive forms of symbiosis in terrestrial ecosystems – the mutualistic association between soil fungi and plant roots known as mycorrhizal symbiosis. This research comes at a time when we are just beginning to appreciate the importance of positive interactions with microbial organisms in shaping everything from human health to the evolution of life on land. With this in mind, Dr. Peay hopes his work leads to a greater insight into the role of cooperation in nature and a better understanding of how to approach current environmental problems, such as global climate change.

Optional post-symposium workshops and field trips are scheduled for Wednesday, January 15. These will include workshops on “Regulatory Framework for the Beginning Botanists by Samantha Hillaire and “Biology, Ecology, and Conservation of Whitebark Pine in California” by USFS Personnel. A combination workshop/field trip on Fungi/Mushroom Foraging will be taught by Phil Carpenter.

2014 Symposium Program

Download the program here.

LunchTime Discussion Group

Monday - Student Forum

Attention students! Come to the NCB 2014 Student Forum to mix with professional botanists from the government, non-profit, and private sectors. Bring your contact information so you can follow up with longer conservations at a later date! Discussion Leaders: Matt Guilliams and Julie Nelson.

Post-Symposium Workshops

Workshop info here.


Online registration is now closed. Late registration will be available at the door; however, limited banquet tickets will be available during walk-in registration.

Registration fees cover admission to all scientific sessions, daytime refreshments and snacks including light breakfast items each morning, and hors d’oeuvres at the evening reception. The reception includes a no-host bar.

  • Regular registration through December 20, 2013: $175 members; $205 non-members; $40 students
  • One-day registration through December 20, 2013: $95 members; $115 non-members
  • Banquet: $35 regular; $20 students

Call for Posters! Poster submission is closed.

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 2014 NCB Symposium.

Click here for more details!

Exhibitor Booths

Exhibitor booths will be located in the main Symposium Hall. Pre-registration and payment of $75 per booth space for corporate organizations and $35 for organizations with 501(c)(3) status are required. All exhibitors must register separately for the symposium. Click here for more details and registration.

Symposium Sponsorship

Please help sponsor this year’s symposium. As a supporter, your organization will be listed in our symposium program, in our newsletter, and on our website. You may contribute online or by mail here. Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com.

Student Stipends

Northern California Botanists will be awarding a number of $200 stipends to help students defray the costs of travel, lodging, meals, and registration. Click here for details.

Lodging and Directions

We will be reserving a block of rooms at discounted rates at a number of hotels in Chico. Click here for lodging options in the Chico area.

Getting to and around Chico – click here.

Past Symposia Programs available

View past programs here.