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.

2019 Northern California Botanists Symposium

Research and Conservation of Northern California’s Vegetation Communities

Registration is open!

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.

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.

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.

NCB Budding Botanists Program

Northern California Botanists' Budding Botanists Program include 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