CSU, Chico News

Northern California Botanists 2011 Symposium Begins Today

Date: 01-10-2011

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Joe Picard
Continuing Education

California State University, Chico is hosting the Northern California Botanists Symposium "Northern California Plant Life: Wonder, Discovery, Concern" today, Jan. 10, and tomorrow, Jan.11. Botanists from Northern California will gather at the Bell Memorial Union for two days of presentations by working botanists from around the North State. On Wednesday, Jan. 12, there is a post-symposium series of workshops and field trips.

The presentations will provide updates on fire ecology, lichens, reproductive ecology, Jepson Manual changes, new discoveries, rare plant management and climate change, all emphasizing the northern part of California.

Today, following the afternoon break, there will be a plenary presentation beginning at 3:20 p.m. on the rediscovery of Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) by Mark Frey of the Presidio Trust and Tom Parker of San Francisco State University. Following the plenary presentation, there will be a dedicated poster session with presenters available for questions and discussion.

A reception will follow the poster session at 5 p.m., with a no-host bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The banquet will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the keynote speaker, Professor Bob Patterson of San Francisco Sate University, at 7 p.m. He will present “A Tale of Two Trees: The History (Natural and Otherwise) of the Phlox Family.” He will take the audience on a tour of the phlox family, its role in the study of plant evolution and the botanists who have studied it over the past several centuries.

On Wednesday, the post-symposium workshop will be taught by Samantha Hillaire, consulting botanist with Garcia and Associates. Hillaire will provide a basic overview of state and federal agency laws, regulations and practical applications as they relate to botany and the environment. Andrew Conlin, soil scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Joseph Silveira, USFWS Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, will lead a field trip to Bidwell Park. Conlin and Silveira will discuss local soils, geology, geomorphology and vegetation. Tom Carlberg, California Lichen Society, will lead a second filed trip on lichens in Bidwell Park.

The poster displays and information tables are open to the public, even for those not attending the other sessions.

Registration is available at the door. For more information on the symposium, please visit the Northern California Botanists Symposium website at www.norcalbotanists.org/symposia/symposium2011.htm 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.