California Botanical Society



Past Annual Banquets and Meetings




Steve Junak on San Nicolas Island Photo: John Game Steve Junak on San Nicolas Island
Photo: John Game

Acmispon argophyllus var. niveus (Santa Cruz Island Silver Lotus)  Photo: John Game Acmispon argophyllus var. niveus (Santa Cruz Island Silver Lotus)
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2017 California Botanical Society
Annual Banquet and 26th Graduate Student Symposium


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Annual Banquet SOLD OUT

Schedule

Saturday, April 8, 2017
8:00 AM - 26th Graduate Student Symposium
8:45 - 2:45 PM -- Contributed Talks
4:00 - 5:30 PM -- Poster Session
6:00 PM – Social & Annual Banquet (No-host Bar)
7:00 PM – Dinner and presentation

Location of Symposium and Annual Banquet

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
1212 Mission Canyon Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Annual Banquet

The annual banquet will be a Mexican Buffet and is $30 for students, and $75 for non-students, which helps subsidize the student rate.

Annual Banquet Presentation

A Short History of Botanical Exploration on the California Islands: Some of the Amazing People Who Were Involved and Their Exciting Discoveries
Steve Junak, Former Herbarium Curator, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

European naturalists began exploring central and southern California in the 1760s, but the history of botanical discovery on the California Islands did not begin until many decades later. The first botanical collections were made in 1842 on Catalina Island and, not until the 1860s and 1870s, on several other islands. Unfortunately, sheep and goats were turned loose on many of the islands before botanists had a chance to visit. Nevertheless, amazing discoveries have been made on the islands. There are over 100 endemic plant taxa on the California Islands, many of which are now important ornamental plants on the mainland. Some of the plant collectors had amazing adventures during their explorations, such as being mistaken for smugglers and being shot at while trying to enter the Santa Barbara harbor area, lassoing plants on steep cliffs, shooting plant specimens off inaccessible rocks with a shotgun, or being stranded on a remote island for two months when their boat to the mainland was delayed. Tragically, one well-known collector lost his life while trying to reach plants on a steep cliff. Our knowledge of the flora of the islands, both past and present, is the result of the cooperative efforts of the long list of botanical explorers and collectors.

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Please mail in the Banquet Registration Form and payment.

Field Trips

In conjunction with the Symposium and Annual Meeting, the Society is hosting two field trips:

Friday, April 7, 2017: Santa Cruz Island. Led by Steve Junak and Matt Guilliams.
Meet at Ventura Harbor at 8:40 AM (Ferry departs at 9:00 AM, returns around 5:00 PM.) Limited to 20 members attending the annual banquet and 26th Graduate Student Symposium. Cost: $65. Registration will only be available through Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Lunch not included.
SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Figueroa Mountain. Led by Larry Ballard and Matt Guilliams.
Meeting place and time TBA. Cost: FREE. Lunch not included.




View of Tejon Ranch land in flower.
Photo: Maynard Moe





Dr. Phil Rundel





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2016 California Botanical Society
Annual Banquet and Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, CA.
Registration closes March 31, 2016.

Schedule

Saturday, April 9, 2016
8:45 AM - Field trip to Tejon Ranch
6:00 PM – Social & Annual Meeting (No-host Bar)
7:00 PM – Dinner and presentation

Presentation

Mediterranean Biomes: Evolution of their Vegetation, Floras, and Climate
Dr. Phil Rundel
Distinguished Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UCLA

Field Trip

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 8:45 AM
Tejon Ranch
$5/person
Limited to 20 persons
SOLD OUT!

Location of Banquet and Meeting

The Padre Hotel
1702 18th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301

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SOLD OUT!

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Please mail in the registration form and payment.



Newly discovered and undescribed species of Matelea (Apocynaceae) from the Vizcaino Desert of northwestern Baja California Sur.
Photo: Jon Rebman ·

2015 California Botanical Society
Annual Banquet and Meeting
and 25th Graduate Student Symposium


Please join us on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA. The Banquet and Meeting follow the 25th Graduate Student Symposium.

Schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015
4:00 PM - tour of RSA herbarium
4:30 PM - tour of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00 AM - 5 PM - Graduate Student Symposium
6:00 PM – Mixer & Annual Meeting (No-host Bar)
7:00 PM – Dinner and presentation

Sunday, April 12, 2015
8:00 AM – Field trip to Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve

Presentation

Botanical Adventures in Baja California
Dr. Jon Rebman
Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed Chair/Curator of Botany
San Diego Natural History Museum

Field Trip

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 8:00 AM
Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve
$5/person due morning of trip.
Sold out! No more seats left.

Surrounded by a sea of Pinyon trees, Junipers, and the occasional Yucca brevifolia characteristic of the nearby Mojave desert, the pebble plains of North Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve along highway 18 at the eastern end of Big Bear Valley in the San Bernardino Mountains harbor some extraordinary "gems" hidden among the abundant quartzite cobbles that dominate this unique habitat type. Referred to also as belly plants, these gems are not extraordinarily large, but this in no way detracts from their magnificent floral morphologies. Furthermore, one cannot beat a fantastic spring carpet at 7000 feet in elevation when adjacent wooded hillsides are still covered in feet of snow!

Bring water and a lunch for a day out in the sun (potential for high winds, so layers also recommended). Transportation will be provided, but the number of available seats is limited. Please meet at the kiosk area of RSABG between 8:00-8:15 AM.

Tommy Stoughton, a graduate student at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, will lead this field trip. Email any questions to him at tstoughton@rsabg.org.

Location of Banquet and Meeting

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Claremont, California
1500 North College Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711


serpentine
Calamagrostis ophitidis, Tiburon Peninsula.
Photo: Neal Kramer

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2014 California Botanical Society
Annual Banquet and Meeting

Please join us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies at San Francisco State University in Tiburon, CA. Registration closes April 18, 2014.

Schedule

Saturday, April 26, 2014
11:00 AM – Field trip to Ring Mountain and Old Saint Hilary’s Wildflower Preserve
5:00 PM – Social & Annual Meeting
6:30 PM – Dinner and presentation

Presentation

Ecological Contingency in the Effects of Climate on Serpentine Plant Communities
Dr. Susan Harrison
Department of Environmental Science and Policy
University of California, Davis

Location

Bay Conference Center
Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
San Francisco State University
3152 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920, CA


California Botanical Society
c/o Jepson Herbarium
1001 Valley Life Sciences Building
Berkeley, California 94720-2465