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.

Northern California Botanists Symposium in January 2022

Tools for a New Decade of Managing Northern California Plants

Northern California Botanists hosted its 11th botanical symposium on January 10-11, 2022 with optional workshops on the 12th as a virtual symposium

A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists included sessions on: The Power of Pollination: Habitat, Conservation, and Plant Interactions, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ethnobotany, Great Basin Restoration Approaches, Riparian Vegetation Restoration from Theory to Practice, New Discoveries, Now the Good News, and a Poster Session. Our Keynote Address by Dr. Frank Kanawha Lake is titled "Indigenous Knowledge and Ethnobotany: Tribal Understandings and Connection of Plants and the Environment". Click here for the Draft Program.

Workshops on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 were online and included:

  • Workshop 1: Features of the Consortium of California's CCH2 Data Portal by Katie Pearson, Project Manager for the California Phenology Netwook
  • Workshop 2: Tracking Plant Population Change using Calflora by Cynthia Powell, Executive Director of Calflora.

Dean W. Taylor Botanical Exploration Memorial Award

In 2020, we lost Dean William Taylor, a giant of the Northern California botanical community. He had an irrepressible enthusiasm for everything botanical, a genius for teaching, and an unparalleled understanding of the mechanisms driving plant speciation and distribution. His record of outstanding collections and discovery of new taxa speaks for itself. Dean was a champion of the unexplored botanical diversity of California, and frequently took the stage at our symposia to encourage people to collect specimens and work to define that diversity. In the absence of his electrifying speeches and reliable advice, we hope that the material support of the Dean W. Taylor Botanical Exploration Memorial Award will help a new generation of botanists fill his shoes.

The aim of the Dean W. Taylor Botanical Exploration Memorial Award is to cover costs associated with botanical exploration in Northern California. This award is open to all people with an interest in the native plants and wildland ecology of Northern California, including students, practicing botanists, land managers, and dedicated herbarium collectors. We encourage projects that echo Dean Taylor's goals of finding unknown botanical diversity in California, namely collecting in under-collected areas, work to explore the habitat and range of known taxa, and efforts to discover and define new taxa.

Next years applications will be available in September.

NCB Diversity Statement

The purpose of Northern California Botanists (NCB) is to increase knowledge and communication among agency, consulting, academic, and other botanists about issues concerning science, conservation, education, and professional development of Northern California botany. Just as NCB recognizes the importance of studying and understanding the diversity of plants and biological systems, we are committed to promoting and expanding a diverse and inclusive group of botanists. Our science is improved by our multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. NCB welcomes and encourages participation and membership of all professionals, students, and/or other interested individuals, regardless of race, sex, age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or any intersectionality of these or other personal factors. We vigorously and proactively promote equity and reject prejudice and stereotyping in all forms whenever it is encountered in the profession.

As the main activities of our organization, we promote diversity in our board and committees; attendance, presentation, and participation at our symposia and workshops; application for and award of scholarship and stipend programs; and representation in our newsletters.

NCB Budding Botanists Program

Northern California Botanists' Budding Botanists Program includes early career botanists in the professional community. Members of the Northern California Budding Botanists will be added to our NCB listserv and will receive notifications about classes and workshops. Members can also contact experienced botanists for career advice. Members are also invited to careers sessions during the Northern California Botanists Symposia. To join, ask career questions, or volunteer to answer career questions as an experienced botanist and mentor, please contact us at buddingbotanists@norcalbotanists.org

Contact Us

Please email Northern California Botanists at ncbotanists@gmail.com

NCB's mailing address:

Northern California Botanists
PO Box 8042
Chico, CA 95927-8042