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 will host its 11th botanical symposium on January 10-11, 2022 with optional workshops on the 12th. Our 2022 Symposium will be an online symposium.

A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists will include 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 will be online and include (scroll down the page for more information on each workshop):

  • 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.

Online Registration is Open - click here.

Early registration rates are: $50 Member, $80 non-Member, and $25 students.  Workshops rates are $25.  Click here for the Registration Form.

2022 Symposium Sponsorship

Northern California Botanists invites sponsorship for our 11th Symposium. Your help is important and allows us to keep our registration rates low, support student attendance, and keep our important programs moving forward. Become a sponsor here.

Lightning Talks Session

This year, we are offering a 5-minutes 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 KKaczynski@csuchico.edu by December 13, 2021 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 mid-December. These talks need to be presented as pre-recorded videos.

Call for Posters

The NCB symposium planning committee invites you to submit a poster to share your work and knowledge of the biology, ecology, conservation, or management of our Northern California plant life with others. This will be a great opportunity for continuing education and networking, especially during the Monday dedicated poster session. Poster authors are requested to be present to answer chat in text quesitons during this 1.25 hour period. Poster author or one designated representative must be a registered symposium attendee.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: NCB will be holding a contest for the best student poster presentations. Three cash awards will be given to the top ranked posters and winners will be announced at the Symposium and featured on our website.

DEADLINE for Poster Abstract Submission is December 13, 2021. See the documents below for more information.


Workshop 1: Features of the Consortium of California’s CCH2 Data Portal

Instructor: Katie Pearson, kdpearso@calpoly.edu: Project manager, California Phenology Network

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom link provided after registration

Cost: $25.00

The CCH2 data portal (cch2.org) hosts data for over 4.1 million herbarium specimens, 1.4 million of which have now been imaged. CCH2 is a powerful tool for botanists, students, and researchers to create and track specimens and manage species checklists. Herbaria across the state use CCH2 to manage their collections' data, but we need help! In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to use basic and advanced functions in CCH2 to discover and map specimen data and manage species checklists. We will also discuss how YOU can get involved with curating the data of plants you’ve collected or those near you through georeferencing, data entry, and quality-checking.

Workshop 2: Tracking Plant Population Change using Calflora

Instructors: Cynthia Powell, Executive Director of Calfora, https://www.calflora.org

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Zoom link provided after registration

Cost: $25.00

We will cover using Calflora at home and in the field in terms of tracking population change over time. These changes may include changes in plant phenology over time, how development is affecting a population, and plant distribution or range changes due to e.g. climate change. We will also learn how to re-discover historic observations in the field, rare plants in Calflora, specimens in Calflora, and which native plants to use in restoration work / gardens based on ecoregion and climate tolerances.

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.

The application deadline is past. Applications are currently under review.

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