Photo Credit: Mitchell Coleman

2024 California Botanical Society Annual Banquet
and Mixer

Please join us on Saturday, April 13, 2024 at the Fullerton Arboretum and Botanical Garden
at Cal State Fullerton

Online registration only


Saturday, April 13, 2024

3:00-3:30 PM – Check-in at Bacon Pavilion

3:30-4:30 PM – Tour session A (see below)

4:30-5:30 PM – Tour session B (see below)

5:30-6:30 PM – Opening remarks, reception, poster session

6:30-7:30 PM – Dinner

7:30-8:30 PM – Keynote presentation

The following tours are available to attendees at no cost, with a maximum capacity per tour of 20 attendees:

Herbarium & Greenhouse Tour: Session A – 3:30-4:30 PM || Session B – 4:30-5:30 PM

Arboretum & Botanical Garden Tour: Session A – 3:30-4:30 PM || Session B – 4:30-5:30 PM

Sunday, April 14, 2024

8:30 AM departure – Field trip to Canyon Ecological Reserve

Ticket Prices*

Until April 6, 2024:

Members + 1 guest: $80 each
Student Members + 1 guest: $30 each

Non-Members: $85 each
Student Non-Members: $35 each + $4.19 fee

Late fee beginning April 7, 2024: $10

*Includes two complimentary drink tickets.

Mike Simpson photo
Mike Simpson

Banquet Presentation

Bloodworts, Popcorn Flowers, and American Amphitropical Disjuncts (AADs):
The Wonder of Botanical Discovery

Dr. Michael G. Simpson is a Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Diego State University (SDSU) and curator of the SDSU Herbarium.  He has been with the university since 1986. His areas of expertise are plant taxonomy, plant molecular phylogenetics, and floristics. He currently coordinates and co-teaches a spring course at SDSU, Field Botany of San Diego County. In addition to publishing articles in technical journals, Dr. Simpson is author of the widely used textbook Plant Systematics (Elsevier-Academic Press, 2006; 3rd ed. 2019), winner of the Gleason award given by the New York Botanical Garden.

His past work centered on the monocot family Haemodoraceae, a morphologically diverse family distributed in Australia, southern Africa, northern South America and Central America, and eastern North America.  His current focus is on the biogeography, evolution, and taxonomy of the Popcorn Flowers, subtribe Amsinckiinae of the family Boraginaceae.  Dr. Simpson also studies biogeographic patterns and processes of plants with an American Amphitropical Disjunct (AAD) distribution, those occurring in North and South America but not in the intervening tropics.

Field Trip: Coal Canyon Ecological Reserve

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Departing from CSU Fullerton campus at 8:30 AM
Field trip cost: $10. Registration required.

NEW this year:
Posters during the reception!

Poster session: 6:30-7:30 PM before dinner

Research projects in any botanical field are welcome.

Abstract deadline: April 6, 2024

Presenters must also register for the banquet.

Banquet Dinner

A buffet dinner will be provided by Collette’s Catering and will include chicken verdicchio, a vegan pasta dish, roasted vegetables, herb roasted potatoes, and warm croissant pudding for dessert. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served with dinner. Attendees should specify dietary preferences when purchasing a ticket.

2024 Annual Banquet poster

Photos by Kathleen Kay

Photos by Joshua Der

Photos by Muriel Poston

Photos by Amy Litt

 ©2024 California Botanical Society

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



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