2019 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Research and Conservation of Northern California’s Vegetation Communities

14-15 January 2019
California State University, Chico
Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Northern California Botanists will host their 9th botanical symposium on January 14-15, 2019 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops will be held on Wednesday, January 16. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include sessions on Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring, Importance of Herbaria in Research, Management, and Conservation, Fire and Vegetation, Challenges and Solutions for Conserving Cryptic Diversity, Native Plant Conservation, Lightning Talks, Now the Good News, and New Discoveries.

2019 Keynote Speaker: Todd Keeler-Wolf

The 2019 Symposium Keynote Speaker will be Todd Keeler-Wolf. Todd is the lead vegetation ecologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Vegetation Classification and Mapping Program (VegCAMP). Todd’s talk is titled “Becoming a Naturalist and Ecologist in Northern California.” In his talk, he will synthezie his understanding of some of the landscapes he has gotten to know over the years, describing his deepening understanding, interest, and shifting perspectives on each and will reflect on being a landscape ecologist in a time of rapid change.

The Keynote Address will follow the banquet on Monday evening, January 14, 2019 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Although the banquet requires a paid ticket, the Keynote Address is open to all.

Lightning Talks Session

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

  • Are working on a project 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.
  • 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.

If you are interested in giving a lightning talk, contact jennyost@gmail.com by November 15th 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 late November.

Post-Symposium Workshops

Optional post-symposium workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, January 16. You do not have to attend the Symposium to register for a workshop. To register for a workshop, visit the Registration Page.

California Botanical Society Mixer

The California Botanical Society will hold a mixer on Sunday, January 13 from 5:00 - 8:30 pm at Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Chico. The cost is $10 per person and can be paid with the Symposium registration. CalBotSoc will provide appetizers and one free drink (soda, beer, or wine) will be provided and the bar will be open to purchase beverages of your choice. Come to town early to join in on this fun social and networking event.

Symposium Sponsorship

Northern California Botanists invites sponsorship for our 9th Symposium. Your help is important and allows us to keep our registration rates low, support student attendance, and keep our important programs moving forward. Visit the Symposium Sponsorship page for more information.

Call for Posters

The NCB symposium planning committee invites you to bring a poster to share your work and knowledge of the biology, ecology, conservation or management of our Northern California plant life with others. Please forward this invitation to botanists and others with related interests from Northern California agencies, conservation organizations, consulting firms and academia. This will be a great opportunity for continuing education and networking. Visit the Call for Posters page for more information.

Student Poster Contest

ATTENTION STUDENTS! Northern California Botanists will be holding a contest for the best student poster presentations. Participating student posters will be evaluated by a panel of judges during the poster session on the second day of the Symposium. Three cash awards will be given to the top ranked posters ($100, $75, $50). Winners will be announced at the Symposium and featured in an issue of the Northern California Botanists newsletter. Students, come present a poster to highlight your research and compete for this award!

Student Stipends

NCB will provide a number of stipends to help cover expenses of travel, lodging, meals, and registration for current undergraduate and graduate students that live more than 60 miles from Chico who wish to attend this symposium. Butte College and CSU Chico students are also encouraged to apply; NCB will provide registration refunds to a number of local area students.

Applications must be received no later than 2 December 2018 and should be emailed to Daria Snider at dsnider@madroneeco.com. Apply early – stipends are awarded on a first-come basis to qualified applicants. Visit the Student Stipends page for more information.