4 Annual SCB Symposium

Back to the Flora II: the Future of Southern California Botany

Saturday, October 8th, 2016 9:00am- 5:00pm

At Pomona College, North Seaver Auditorium

Full price registration ($57*)*accounts for paypal fee
Meal Ticket Purchase ($16*)*accounts for paypal fee

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  • 8:00-9:00 am Registration

  • 9:00-9:15 am Video. Oscar Clarke - A Splendid Naturalist.
    Directed by Steven Kutcher

  • 9:15-9:45 am The potentials and limits of ex-situ conservation in California.
    Evan Meyer Assistant Director, Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 9:45-10:15 am Is global warming pulling apart California's floral ecosystems?
    Jon Christensen PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of History, and Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles

  • 10:15: 10:30 am BREAK

  • 10:30-11:00am Balancing resource protection and fire hazard in the future: Climate change vs. population growth.
    Jon Keeley PhD Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological survey, Western Ecological Research Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon Field Station

  • 11:00-11:30 am Forecasting climate change impacts on rare plants in the University of California Natural Reserve System.
    Erin Riordan PhD, Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles

  • 11:30-12:00 am Racing the Storm: Climate Change Preparations on Santa Cruz Island.
    John Knapp California Islands Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

  • 12:00 am- 1:15 pm LUNCH

  • 1:15-1:45 pm The role of horticulture as it relates to the future of the native Southern California wild flora.
    Lili Singer Director of Special Projects and Adult Education, Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc.

  • 1:45-2:15 pm Conservation planning to inform renewable energy siting in the Mojave Desert.
    Sophie Parker PhD, Senior Scientist, The Nature Conservancy, Los Angeles

  • 2:15-2:45 pm The California Phenology Project: Tracking the effects of climate on the phenological cycles of wild plants, with a spotlight on oaks
    Susan Mazer PhD, Director, California Phenology Project, and Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 2:45-3:15 pm BREAK

  • 3:15-3:45 pm The Lily Spring Area Survey: A 1981-2011 comparison of phenology and plant populations.
    Jane Tirrell PhD, San Gabriel Mountain Chapter, California Native Plant Society

  • 3:45-4:15 pm Unexpectedly high biodiversity in southern California's urban plant communities: Causes, consequences, and future prognosis.
    Darrel Jenerette PhD, Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology, University of California, Riverside

  • 4:15-4:45 pm Dry-washes direct seed and pollen flow in California deserts.
    Keith Gaddis PhD, Scientist, Earth Sciences Division at NASA AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow

  • 4:30-4:45 pm Closing Remarks

  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm Mixer and Poster Session at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden<

Submissions for Poster Session

Poster session submission is now closed. The poster session will take place at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in the Lenz Classroom between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Post Symposium Mixer

Immediatley following the symposium there will be a mixer with light hors d'oeuvres, drinks, food service, and live entertainment at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden org located in the Percy Everett Garden. Meal service will run between 5:30pm and 7:30 pm. Meal tickets are $15 and are available for purchase with registration and at the mixer. Meal Tickets include your choice of one entree. Drinks will be provided.

    Food Options with purchase of a ticket will be served from 5:30-7:30 pm and include one of the following:
  1. Oak-grilled chicken quesadilla, cilantro, green onion, tequila sauce
  2. Oak-grilled sourdough bread, cherry tomato, crushed white beans, basil, goat cheese (vegetarian, can be made vegan)
  3. 4oz oak grilled burger, garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, red onion
  4. Dessert (available for $5): fresh-made donuts

We are excited to be serving food by Papas Artisinal and beer from Alosta Brewing

Student Grant Applications

Student Grant Applications is now closed.

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