California Botanical Society

28th Graduate Student Symposium

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Friday, April 30, 2021 and Saturday, May 1, 2021

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2021 Botany Speaker Series

The CalBotSoc botany speaker series aims to showcase and promote the work of early career botanists. If you are an early career botanist interested in giving a talk of general interest to our members, please email us at

SuePierre_large_DSC3435 Suzanne Pierre

thumbnail_IMG_4561 Natalie Love

Justin Luong Justin Luong

SF Conservatory (3) Adriana Hernandez

Lorena_Villanueva Lorena Villanueva-Almanza

Thursday, May 13, 2021 7-8pm PT
Suzanne Pierre

"Critical Ecology: Defining sociobiophysical drivers of ecological change"

Ecosystems ecology and biogeochemistry have traversed great disciplinary distances to arrive at the present understanding of the mechanisms underlying global change. Though a range of theoretical frameworks and advanced methods have been developed to investigate global change processes, the social dimensions of ecology have been limited in scope to urban to rural gradients, population health, and development patterns in contemporary contexts. Despite cross-disciplinary consensus that social equality and justice issues are linked to environmental patterns, the ecological and biogeochemical consequences of social inequality have been neglected by the empirical and quantitative disciplines. Moreover, historical and contemporary oppressive social processes (e.g. slavery, colonial land seizure and development, race and class exploitation) have not been investigated as physical drivers of ecological patterns or nutrient cycling. In this talk, Pierre will interrogate common notions of the drivers of global ecological change, introduce the emerging discipline of critical ecology, and offer a framework to help scientists nuance their research questions to more explicitly investigate basic ecological processes through a critical ecological lens.

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2021 Schedule of Talks

14-Jan: Lorena Villanueva-Almanza

11-Feb: Adriana Hernandez

11-Mar: Justin Luong

8-Apr: Natalie Love

13-May: Suzanne Pierre

10-Jun: Jenna Ekwealor

8-Jul: Maria Jesus

12-Aug: Rachael Olliff-Yang

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