Diverse Environments: How Plants Succeed in Northern California
Northern California Botanists hosted their 8th botanical symposium on January 9-10, 2017 on the campus of California State University in Chico. Optional workshops were held on Wednesday, January 11. A 2-day schedule of presentations by working botanists included sessions on Special Soil Endemics, Influence of Summer Fog on Patterns of Plant Diversity, Insects on Plants, Now the Good News, Soil Seed Banks of California Native Plant Species, New Discoveries, and Lightning Talks.
Congratulations to our Student Poster Winners!
- First Place: Devon Picklum, University of Nevada, Reno
- Second Place: Jennifer Mo, San Francisco State University
- Third Place: Joseph McKenna, Santa Barbara City College
Thank you to Steve Rosenthal of the CNPS Santa Clara Chapter, for recording the Symposium presentations. You can view many of the presentations by clicking on the title of talk below or visiting the CNPS - SCV YouTube Channel.
Session 1: Special Soil Endemics. Session Chair: Barbara Going, University of Texas, Austin
- Some questions we need answered about California plants and climate change. Jason Sexton, UC Merced
- Gabbro and beyond: Are chemically unusual soils an engine of speciation or a waiting room for extinction? Dylan O. Burge, UC Los Angeles
- Carbonate substrates: Plant associations and climate impacts. Steve Schoenig, CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt botanist
Session 3: Influence of Summer Fog on Patterns of Plant Diversity. Session Chair: Michael Vasey, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Varied species responses to fog in the coast redwood ecosystem. Emily Burns, Save the Redwoods League
- Impact of historic drought on the population dynamics of a fog-influenced coastal forest on Santa Cruz Island, California. Sara Baguskas, UC Santa Cruz
- Lichens in the mist: Investigating California’s fog lichens. Shelly Benson, California Lichen Society
- Influence of coastal fog on endemism and beta diversity in chaparral along the Central Coast of California. Michael Vasey, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Session 4: Insects on Plants. Session Chair: Barbara Castro, CA Department of Water Resources
- Flies—the forgotten pollinators. John Whittlesey, Canyon Creek Nursery and Design
- Gallwasps on California Oaks (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae interactions with Quercus species). Kathy Schick, UC Berkeley
- Pines and pine bark beetles in California: A legacy of diversity and damage. Steve Seybold, USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station
Session 5: Lightning Talks. Session Chair: Samantha Hillaire, Garcia and Associates
- In search of alpine rarity: A “Rare Plant Treasure Hunt” in Yosemite National Park. Michael Uhler, East Bay Parks, Regional Parks Botanic Garden
- The spicebush and the wasp. Dylan O. Burge, UC Los Angeles
- Pinus ponderosa: A checkered past obscured four species. Ann Willyard, Hendricks College
- Jepson Prairie Preserve: 35 years of conservation, research, and public education. Russell Huddleston, CH2M Hill
- Biogeographical wanderings in the Streptanthus howellii alliance. Nick Jensen, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
- To create a botanic garden. Sue Sims, Oroville Botanic Garden and Educational Center
- Calflora: Tools and tricks. Jane Van Susteren, CA Department of Water Resources, presenting for Cynthia Powell, Calflora
Keynote Address: Fear and loathing in the Sierra Nevada: Confronting a wicked problem. Dr. Hugh Safford, USFS Pacific Southwest Region and UC Davis
Session 7: Now the Good News. Session Chair: Teresa Sholars, Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods
- Year of the Monkey: A rare “super bloom” for Carson Valley Monkeyflower. Janel Johnson, Nevada Natural Heritage Program
- A place for plants in FERC licensed hydropower projects. Robin Kent, HDR, Inc.
- We did it! 14 years of collaboration and adaptive management precludes federal listing of Tahoe yellow cress. Alison Stanton, Consulting Botanist
Session 8: Soil Seed Banks of California Native Plant Species. Session Chair: Ryan O’Dell, Bureau of Land Management
- Soil seed banks of a federally listed Threatened annual plant, Camissonia benitensis (Onagraceae). Ryan O’Dell, Bureau of Land Management
- The response of soil seed banks to drought in California annual grasslands. Marina LaForgia, UC Davis
- Soil seed banks of native and exotic forbs in restored and reference northern coastal prairies. Josie Lesage, UC Santa Cruz
- Chaparral seed banks: Not just for plants anymore. Tom Parker, San Francisco State University
Session 9: New Discoveries. Session Chair: Lawrence Janeway, The Chico State Herbarium and Plumas National Forest
- Cryptic host-specific diversity in the newly resurrected parasitic genus Aphyllon. Adam Schneider, UC Berkeley
- Carex xerophila – a new sedge hiding in the chaparral. Lawrence Janeway, The Chico State Herbarium and Plumas National Forest
- New bryophyte discoveries in California: The frontier remains. James R. Shevock, California Academy of Sciences, Department of Botany
Below are links to many of the posters presented at the symposium. Poster abstracts can be found in the Symposium Program starting on Page 19, listed alphabetically by presenting author name.
- Natural Mutations of California Plants. Akulova-Barlow, Z., and Creer, S.
- Mitigating Impacts to Coast Lily (Lilium maritimum): A Case Study of Transplanting an Endangered Bulb. Arthur, A., Richmond, M., and Korhummel, R.
- Field Survey of a Rare Endemic Plant Population: Fritillaria pluriflora (Adobe lily). Bamford, M.J., and Kinzy-Reische, G.L.
- Wildfire Effects on Populations of Cypripedium fasciculatum. Belsher-Howe, J., and Garcia, H.
- Do I Need a Plant Permit from the State of California? Bjerke, J., and Burton, C.
- Long-term Effects of CO2 Enrichment on Plant Genome and Cell Size. Borg, M.A., and Simonin, K.A.
- Noxious Weed Dittrichia graveolens (Stinkwort) Reduces Biomass and Species Richness of Other Plants, but Salvia spp. May Provide a Mechanism for Suppression, Brinkmann, I., and Edwards, A.
- The Central Valley Flood Protection Plan Conservation Strategy’s Invasive Plant Management Plan. Brown, J., Bishop, D., McClain, C., Pimentel, E., and Wacker, M.
- Breeding Systems and Hybridization Potential of Native Grassland Species. Delfino, S.
- Phenotypic Responses of a Sierra Nevada Monkeyflower to Climate Variation and Severe Drought. Dickman, E., and Sexton, J.P.
- Assessing the Rarity Status of the Newly Described Shasta County Endemic, Adiantum shastense, by Employing Innovative Tools in Geographic Information Systems. Green, K., and Sims, A.E.
- Response to Damage in Cucurbita foetidissima Kunth: Just Add Water. Grunwald, M., Lancaster, N., Ziba, C., and Wooley, S.
- Genetic Diversity in Morro Bay Eelgrass: A System in Collapse. Harencar, J., Taylor, Z., Lutgen, G., and Yost, J.
- Patterns of Seasonal Drought in Three Populations of Arctostaphylos glauca: A Latitudinal Comparison. Hendricks, R., and Lambrecht, S.
- Citizen Scientists Monitor Climate Effects on Phenology of Four Native Oaks at Pepperwood Preserve. Herniman, W., Halbur, M., and Micheli, L.
- Predicting Changes in California’s Diverse Environments: Introducing the ORIDE Climate Change Experiment. Kaczinski, K.M., and Byrne, K.M.
- Implications of Water Storage Variations in Three Herbaceous Asteraceae in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Kayatsky, T., Roddy, A.B., and Simonin, K.A.
- How Vegetation Classification Informs Ecological Trends and Land Management on the Modoc Plateau, California. Keeler-Wolf, T.
- Plant Rarity in the Bay-Delta: A Status Update on Five Special-Status Plants. Keever, M.E., and Jurjavic, N.L.
- Summer Root and Soil Water Distribution under Annual Grasses and Stipa pulchra. Kenny, R., and Loik, M.
- Using tRNA Class Informative Features to Determine the Phylogenetic Placement of Gnetophyta. Lawrence, T.J., and Ardell, D. A.
- Digitizing and Imaging Local Herbaria to Improve Accessibility. Longergan, E., and Engstrom, T.
- California Botanist Certification: Purpose, Status, and Goals. Magney, D., Bartosh, H., and Sims, A.E.
- Redistribution of Soil-Water by Coyote Brush in a Shrub-Grassland Ecotone. Manning, J., Lambrecht, S., and Schulz, M.
- Assessing the Morphological Distinctiveness of Two Endangered California Shrubs: Eriodictyon altissimum and Eriodictyon capitatum. McKenna, J., Schneider, H., and Guilliams, C.M.
- Circadian Regulation of Stomatal Conductance in Green and Albino Redwoods and Other Gymnosperms. Mo. J., Simonin, K.A., Parker, V.T., and Geary, M.
- Thick in the Mud and High in the Sky: A Synopsis of Eelgrass Aerial Mapping in Arcata Bay, CA. O’Connell, G.
- Floral Visitation and Pollen Deposition of Bombus-pollinated Dodecatheon alpinum and Pedicularis groenlandica in the Sierra Nevada. Picklum, D.A., and Leonard, A.S.
- Not Another Damn Name Change! Why Blue Dicks is not a Dichelostemma. Preston, R.
- Patterns of Polyploid Formation in Manzanitas. Serkanic, S., and Parker, V.T.
- Rare Plant Habitats on Sierra Pacific Industries Timberlands. Sierra Pacific Industries Botany Program
- Monitoring Native Forb Restoration at a Sacramento River Gravel Bar Site: Improving Methods for the Future. Smith, A.J., Kaczynski, K.M., and Rogner, M.
- Herbarium Specimen Voucher Rates for Endangered Plants in California. Taylor, D.W., and Sims, A.E.
- King Range Native Bunchgrass Program. Wheeler, J.
- Species Lost, Found, and on the Edge of Gone from Mt. Tamalpais. Williams, A., Whelan, S., Young, A., Gosliner, T., and Klein, J.
- Biogeography and Chromosome Number Evolution of Linaceae. Xu, S., Freyman, W.A., Schneider, A.D., and Baldwin, B.G.