CSU, Chico to Host Northern California Botanists 2010 Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 12-11-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143
Joe Picard
Continuing Education
530-898-6105

California State University, Chico will host the Northern California Botanists Symposium “Botanical Treasures in Northern California: What’s at Stake?” Jan. 11-13, 2010, at Bell Memorial Union on the CSU, Chico campus.

The 2010 symposium will attract hundreds of professional botanists, scholars, plant biologists and students, who will participate in a full schedule of peer-led sessions, poster presentations and networking opportunities.

Session topics will focus on several emerging issues in the field, including new botanical discoveries, conservation genetics, invasive species, pollination, herbivory and mentoring new botanists, all emphasizing the northern part of California.

President of the Northern California Botanists, Linnea Hanson of the US Forest Service, Plumas National Forest, will open the event, which will feature more than 30 presenters representing federal and state government agencies, the leading environmental consulting firms in the region, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving our natural resources.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Bruce Baldwin of the University of California at Berkeley, will present the talk “Impact and Consequences of Molecular Taxonomy to Botanical Conservation” on Monday, Jan. 11, during the annual symposium dinner.

Four post-conference workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 13, on the CSU, Chico campus, and will focus on botany for teachers, Sacramento River floodplain restoration, resources for beginning professional botanists and using the updated Manual of California Vegetation.

Students in the field can apply for an academic stipend to help defray the cost of the symposium.

To register or for more information please visit the Northern California Botanists Symposium Web site at www.norcalbotanists.org or call the CSU, Chico Continuing Education office, 530-898-6105.

Northern California Botanists is dedicated to establishing a forum for botanical issues in Northern California among professional botanists, students and those with interest in the field. As a professional organization, it also provides a job forum, student scholarships and general support for students interested in becoming professional botanists.

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