Events, Lecture

11th Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara County Education Auditorium
January 20, 2024
10:00AM - 4:00PM

Tiny Taxa Doing Big Things

Presented by the Nakashima-Rennie Family

Sometimes in life, it’s the little things that make all the difference. That’s true in nature, too.

The web of life is beautiful and complex. From the “belly plants” forming a miniature forest to feed the food web and the myriad of microscopic organisms holding our soil together to the tiny midge flies pollinating the cocoa trees that make our chocolate – everything, regardless of size, has a job to do and a niche to fill.

Come celebrate the diversity of life with us and discover the many ways we depend on the itty-bitty organisms we often don’t even realize are there. Hear about cutting-edge technology being used to understand these organisms and the relationships between them and learn more about what you can do to help conserve this wondrous world.

This year’s recipient of the John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award is Shirley C. Tucker, Ph.D. We are privileged to collaborate with Dr. Tucker and take great pleasure in presenting her with this award. Her contributions to biological diversity and humanity through her research and philanthropic efforts, coupled with her commitment to a simple and sustainable lifestyle, serve as a source of inspiration for us all. 

Event Sponsors:

Arroyo Seco Construction

Tickets Now Available:

General Admission: $40

Students (with valid ID): $15

Virtual Livestream: Free

In person tickets include a catered lunch.

Schedule of Events
10 –10:30 AMWelcome and Introduction to the islands
Denise Knapp, Ph.D., director of conservation and research at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
10:30 – 11 AMRikke Reese Naesborg, Ph.D. | Lichens
11 – 11:30 AMMatthew Bowker, Ph.D. | Biological Soil Crusts
11:30 AM to 12 PMJim Shevock, Ph.D. | Mosses
12 – 12:50 PMLUNCH
12:50 – 1:20 PMErica McAlister, Ph.D. | Flies
1:20 – 1:50 PMZach Phillips, Ph.D. | Tripartite relationships between plants, insects, and fungi
1:50 – 2:20 PMKevin Lafferty, Ph.D. | Parasites
2:20 – 2:50 PMKristen Lehman, Ph.D. | Multi-taxa DNA barcoding for food webs
2:50-3:20 PMBREAK
3:20 – 4 PMPanel Discussion
All times PST

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