Photo Credit: Mitchell Coleman

Previous CalBotSoc Speakers

The CalBotSoc botany speaker series showcases and promotes the work of early career botanists. The Society also occasionally invites botanists undertaking extraordinary work in West American botany to present their current project.

Steve Matson
Steve Matson
Susan Fawcett
Susan Fawcett
Ingrid Jordon-Thaden
Ingrid Jordon-Thaden

2024 Botany Speakers

January 11, 2024: Steve Matson, CNPS: “2023 Highlights of a season in the field”

February 8, 2024: Susan Fawcett, PhD, University and Jepson Herbaria, UC Berkeley: “Phylogenomics, taxonomy and deep hybrid speciation: studies in the fern family Thelypteridaceae “

March 14, 2024: Ingrid Jordon-Thaden, PhD, Director of Botany Garden and Greenhouse, University of Wisconsin, Madison: “Botanical stories of Draba in the North American Cordillera ”

April 11, 2024, Oscar Mauricio Vargas-Hernandez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt: “Testing for budding speciation in the California Floristic Province”

May 9, 2024, Michael G. Simpson, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Diego State University (SDSU) and curator of the SDSU Herbarium: “Plant Dispersal between the American Continents and the Special Case of the Popcorn Flowers”

June 13, 2024, Rebecca A. Nelson, University of California, Davis: “The Effects of Invasive Plants on Plant-Pollinator Mutualisms in Serpentine Meadows”

Oscar Mauricio Vargas-Hernandez
Oscar Mauricio Vargas-Hernandez
Mike Simpson photo
Mike Simpson
photo of Rebecca Nelson
Rebecca Nelson
Keir Morse
Forrest Freund
Photo of Riley Scaff
Riley Scaff
Regan Dunn
Tadeo Ramirez-Parada

2023 Botany Speakers

January 12, 2023: Keir Morse, PhD, California Botanic Garden: “Systematics and Conservation of the Genus Malacothamnus (Malvaceae)”

February 9, 2023: Forrest Freund, PhD, UC Berkeley: “Finding hidden quillworts: Identifying cryptic species in Isoëtes using an integrative systematic approach”

March 9, 2023: Riley Scaff, Pitzer College: “Restoring an Iconic Joshua Tree Forest: Revegetation, natural recovery and soil ecology in a Mojave Desert burn area”

June 8, 2023: Regan Dunn, PhD, La Brea Tar Pits & Museum: “Drought, fire, extinction, and the formation of the modern chaparral of Southern California in the latest Pleistocene”

July 13, 2023: Tadeo Ramirez-Parada, UC Santa Barbara: “Plasticity and not adaptation is the primary source of temperature-mediated variation in flowering phenology in North America”

August 10, 2023: Israel Borokini, PhD, UC Berkeley: “Applying models of geographical distributions for hypothesis testing and species conservation”

September 14, 2023: Kathryn Uckele, PhD, UC Santa Cruz: “Hybridization among three juniper taxa along the Sierra-Great Basin Ecotone”

October 12, 2023: Katherine Waselkov, PhD, CSU Fresno: “Misunderstood Relatives of Famous Weeds: The Genus Amaranthus in the Southwestern U.S.”

November 9, 2023: Ioana Anghel, UCLA: Evolutionary relationships and phenotypic patterns in Linanthus

December 14, 2023: Candela Blanco Moreno, PhD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain & Cal Poly Humboldt

Israel Borokini
Kate Uckele
Kate Uckele
Katherine Waselkov
Katherine Waselkov
Ioana Anghel
Ioana Anghel
Candela Blanco Moreno
Candela Blanco Moreno
Mitchell Coleman
Kristy Snyder
Ryan Buck
Claire Willing
Avery Hill

2022 Botany Speakers

January 13, 2022: Mitchell Coleman, Tejon Ranch Conservancy and University of California, Riverside: “Conservation on Tejon Ranch and ecophysiology of halophytes in the San Joaquin Desert”

February 10, 2022: Kristy Snyder, Eastern Washington University: “The functional role of annual seeds and biochar in Prairie restoration”

March 10, 2022: Ryan Buck, San Diego State University: “The Pinyon Pine Syngameon: Modeling the Past to Understand the Present and Predict the Future”

May 12, 2022: Claire Willing, PhD, Stanford University: “Forest microbiomes and climate change: Microbial communities as mediators of forest health”

June 9, 2022: Avery Hill, Stanford University: “Vegetation-climate mismatch in California’s Sierra Nevada conifer forests”

August 11, 2022: Helen Holmlund, PhD, Pepperdine University:”How do California ferns survive in the drought-prone chaparral?”

October 10, 2022: Noah Teller, UC Riverside: “Plant community structure responses to invasive grass removal in wet meadows of the Sierra Nevada”

November 10, 2022: Christopher T. Cosma, UC Riverside: “Prioritizing California Native Plants for Butterfly and Moth Conservation”

December 8, 2022: Brooke Rose, UC Riverside: “Rarity, geography, and plant exposure to global change in the California Floristic Province”

Helen Holmlund
Photo of Noah Teller
Noah Teller
Christopher Cosma
Brooke Rose
Lorena Villanueva-Almanza
Adriana Hernandez
Justin Luong
Natalie Love
Suzanne Pierre
Jenna Ekwealor

2021 Botany Speakers

May 13, 2021: Suzanne Pierre, PhD: “Critical Ecology: Defining sociobiophysical drivers of ecological change”

August 12, 2021: Rachael L. Olliff-Yang, PhD: “The importance of flowering season duration and the case for planting for pollinators

September 9, 2021: Brianne Palmer: “Why Should Botanists Care About Biological Soil Crusts?”

October 14, 2021: Daniel Winkler, PhD: “Protected and susceptible: climate change impacts on plants in our global parks”

November 11, 2021: Sarah Jacobs, PhD: “Using paintbrushes to study speciation”

December 9, 2021: Ryoko Oono, PhD: “New methods for community survey and species identification: How amplicon sequencing can be used for conservation”

Maria Jesus
Rachael L. Olliff-Yang
Brianne Palmer
Daniel Winkler
Sarah Jacobs
Ryoko Oono

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