A Series of Workshops on
Botanical and Ecological Subjects

2000 - 2001


Introduction to the Plant Kingdom
October 14 - 15 and October 21, 2000

John McMurray
Location: Life Sciences Building and Botanic Garden, UC Berkeley

This workshop will introduce students to the remarkably diverse and species-rich group of organisms known as green plants. It will emphasize features (both reproductive and vegetative) that distinguish green plants from other, more distantly-related groups of photosynthetic organisms. Special attention will be given to the general plant life cycle and the various modifications of this life cycle that define each of the major groups of terrestrial plants. A brief survey of the diversity of green plants will also be given stressing the evolutionary relationships among major groups as they are currently understood. The point of departure for this survey will be the general plant life cycle. From here the workshop will "progress" from the green algae, through the liverworts, mosses, the ferns and their "allies", the cycads, and conifers and conclude with the flowering plants. At each stage important evolutionary advances will be outlined. Live material from each group will be available for examination of reproductive and vegetative characters. This workshop will also include a visit to the UC Botanical Garden where students can view the diversity of green plants.
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Fifty Plant Families in the Field
March 31 - April 1 and April 7 - 8, 2001

Linda and Richard Beidleman
Location: Field Regions in the greater Bay Area

This course will be an introduction to the flora of the San Francisco Bay region and the techniques used to identify Bay Area plants. It is designed for those unfamiliar with plant identification keys, but who are ready to jump into this botanical detective work. Emphasis will initially be on the recognition and keying of plant families encountered in the field. Participants will work with several published plant keys (including The Jepson Manual). With a working knowledge of common plant families, and comfort in using plant keys, identification is an enjoyable challenge. This is also a great way to appreciate plants and take the time to look at them closely. Although this course will involve no collecting of plants, we will discuss the nature, use, and importance of herbarium collections. There will also be an introduction to reference books valuable for the identification of plants in California. An historical perspective on botanical collecting in California will also be presented. Participants in the class may drive up to 75 miles per day and hike up to 3 miles each day. Students must take day 1 before days 2-4, because the introductory information will be built on.
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Aquatic Plants
October 28 - 29, 2000

Barbara Ertter
Location: Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley

At summer's end, lowland botanizing is largely long gone . . . at least on dry land. In, on, and around the various lakes, streams, and other wetlands, however, delightfully diverse aquatic plants are still going strong. Some are native, some non-native, representing families both familiar and otherwise, from Alismataceae to Zosteraceae. For those willing to get their feet muddy, a whole new world of botanizing opens up, with a high probability of finding new occurrence records with relative ease. Because of the broad spectrum of plants that will be covered, the workshop will focus more on gaining familiarity with this diversity, relying on fresh material and illustrations of diagnostic characters of families and genera, than on keys to species. Learn how to tell Zannichellia from Potamogeton, Najas from Callitriche, Elatine from Cypselea. On Sunday afternoon there will be a field trip to a selection of local wetlands.
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December 8 - 10, 2000

Teresa Sholars
Location: Albion Biological Field Station, Albion

The north coast of California is considered to be one of the best places in North America to find both large numbers and diversity of fungi. We will be dealing primarily with the fleshy reproductive structures that most of us recognize as "mushrooms". Mendocino and Fort Bragg, in the heart of mushroom territory, are ideal locations for this introductory class to the systematics and ecology of California mushrooms. Through lectures, slides, and keying, using David Aurora's Mushrooms Demystified, we will emphasize the family and generic characteristics needed for identification. Both in the laboratory and in the field, students will learn some of the common, edible, and toxic mushrooms found in the area.
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March 17 - 18, 2001

Brent D. Mishler
Location: Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley

The bryophytes are a diverse group of "lower" land plants, with some 23,000 described species worldwide, making it the largest group of land plants except for the flowering plants. The group includes three quite distinct lineages: the mosses, hornworts, and liverworts. The bryophytes are generally considered a "key" group in our understanding of how the modern land plants (the embryophytes) are related to each other phylogenetically and how they came to conquer the hostile land environment. Although the bryophytes display much species diversity, a major limitation in the use of bryophytes as study organisms has been the lack of basic floristic and alpha-taxonomic knowledge of the plants in many regions, of which California and the southwestern United States are the most poorly known in North America. The students will learn some simple but necessary, microtechniques in the lab the first day, and look at the basic structure of bryophytes along with taxonomically useful characteristics. The second day, after a morning lab session, the class will go into the field and learn to identify at least major bryophyte groups and discuss and observe their general ecology and evolutionary features of interest. Participants should be prepared to hike up to 4 miles on Sunday.
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Flora of San Diego County
April 5 - 8, 2001

Michael G. Simpson
Location: Localities in San Diego County

San Diego County is reported to have more species of native and naturalized vascular plants than any other county in the continental United States. This workshop will introduce participants to this remarkable plant diversity. The course will begin with an overview of basic plant morphology and flowering plant family characteristics. Field trips will be conducted in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and areas surrounding the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and will focus on chaparral and desert communities, with a minor overview of montane vegetation. Some collecting will be done for examination and keying of species in the lab, and basic collecting techniques will be demonstrated. Web pages will be available prior to the course for review of species identification.
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Medicinal Plants of the World
April 21 - 22, 2001

Thomas J. Carlson
Location: Life Sciences Building and Botanic Garden, UC Berkeley and Tilden Regional Park

This course will be an introduction to medicinal plants of the world with a particular emphasis on native California plants and introduced species that have naturalized in the San Francisco Bay Area. Classroom instruction on Saturday morning will consist of a slide presentation and discussion on medicinal plants and the opportunity to examine numerous herbarium specimens of different species. Saturday afternoon and Sunday will be spent visiting Tilden Regional Park and the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden to examine herbaceous and woody medicinal plants. The botany, ecology, geography, and therapeutic uses of the medicinal plant species will be discussed. Ethnomedical descriptions will include plant part used, mode of administration, and the diseases treated by the botanical medicine. Throughout the two days there will be discussions of how these medicinal plants were used by indigenous peoples around the world in the past and how they are used by people around the world today.
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Flora of Camp Roberts
April 27 - 29, 2001

Elizabeth Painter and Margriet Wetherwax
Location: Camp Roberts (Here's what it looks like)

Military installations often support substantial areas of relatively undisturbed native vegetation and often serve as refuges for rare and endemic species. The California Army National Guard is providing an unusual opportunity to conduct a workshop at Camp Roberts, located on the border of Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. This workshop, approved as part of the Camp Roberts public outreach program, will highlight the rich flora and diverse ecology of this largely undeveloped parcel of land. We will also discuss the active stewardship program at Camp Roberts, developed to protect the overall environmental quality and important natural resources of the installation, which include several sensitive plants (and animals). Throughout the weekend we will explore botanically rich areas, including vernal pools, oak woodlands, chalk barrens, and limestone cliffs and palisades via paved or good hard-pack dirt roads.
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May 5 - 6, 2001

Travis Columbus and Gordon Leppig
Location: Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley

"I am the grass; I cover all" (Carl Sandburg, Grass). Prominent in plant communities throughout California, the grass family (Gramineae or Poaceae) is the state's second most diverse plant family (after Compositae). A species-rich assemblage, its members include cool-season and warm-season species, annuals and perennials, natives and exotics, and widespread dominants to rare endemics. A better understanding of this ubiquitous and diverse family can be gained through this workshop. Participants will be instructed in detail on the vegetative and reproductive features of grasses. Aspects of anatomy, physiology, ecology, and ethnobotany will also be addressed. Most time will be spent, however, learning to use the identification keys in The Jepson Manual. Special attention will be given to difficult couplets and taxa. In addition, participants will learn how to determine major tribes and common genera by use of diagnostic characteristics Sunday there will be a field trip to a serpentine prairie to examine grasses in a natural setting.
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Hidden Botanical Treasures of the East Bay
May 19 - 20, 2001

Brad Olson
Location: Alameda and Contra Costa counties

One might think that the East Bay, with its 2,300,000 residents and extensive development would be lacking in interesting plant resources, however the East Bay still contains a tremendous diversity of more than 1,400 plant taxa. A majority of the land remains undeveloped and every year there continue to be new discoveries, including many rare and unusual plants. The focus of this two-day trip will be to visit publicly owned areas that have not yet been opened to the public or other lands in private ownership. In these lesser known areas of the East Bay we will see populations of rare and unusual plants which are not abundant and were not previously known to occur in the East Bay. This will also be a good opportunity for an overview of the East Bay flora; we will be visiting a variety of plant habitat types during this two day trip, including serpentine, rock outcrops, vernal pools, alkali marsh, perennial grasslands, chaparral, oak woodland, coniferous forest, and riparian systems.
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Pollination Ecology of Spring Wildflowers
June 1 - 3, 2001

Gordon Frankie and Robbin Thorp
Location: UC Hastings Reserve, Carmel Valley

Hastings, in the upper Carmel Valley, has been the site of numerous scientific field studies during the past 60 years. As a consequence, a great deal is known about the flora and fauna of this site. We will take advantage of this knowledge as we examine selected aspects of the pollination ecology of the Reserve's spring wildflowers. Several field exercises are planned to demonstrate how and when flowers make their pollen and nectar rewards available to pollinators, and how pollinators use their behavioral, morphological, and physiological adaptations to extract floral resources. Much of our attention will be focused on the rich variety of solitary bee species (200-250 species) and the flowers they visit at Hastings. Not to worry, none of the bee species we will study are in the least bit aggressive. Various bee groups will be examined under magnification to observe relevant morphological adaptations. Participants will be instructed on the wide variety of methods that are used to study pollination relationships. During the evenings, talks will be presented on the topics of pollination syndromes in plants, bee diversity, global pollinator decline, and encouraging pollinators in your backyard environment. Co-sponsored with the Essig Museum of Entomology.
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Plants of Modoc County
June 8 - 10, 2001

Gary D. Schoolcraft and Michael P. Dolan
Location: Modoc county

Modoc County is in extreme northeastern California. The county contains more than 1,200 species of flowering plants and ferns and includes floristic elements that are both Californian as well as Great Basin. The western part of the county is dominated by extensive old lava flows and is mostly at an elevation between 4,000 and 5,000 feet. This area, known as the Modoc Plateau, contains many vernally wet areas with distinct assemblages of plants. Near the eastern side of the county the Warner Mountains run from Oregon to the north into Lassen County to the south. This isolated mountain range is completely separate from the Sierra Nevada, and rising to almost 10,000 feet, it has both subalpine and alpine communities at higher elevations. East of the Warner Mountains, Surprise Valley is truly part of the Great Basin and contains both desert and sagebrush areas. This workshop will sample habitats in all of these regions with a concentration on the Warner Mountains and Surprise Valley. An evening lecture will feature the flora and vegetation of this very un-Californian part of the State.
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Flora of the Southern Sierra
June 14 - 17, 2001

Jim Shevock
Location: Southern Sierra Nevada

The Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia National Park provide a wonderful setting for studying the flora and ecology of the southern Sierra Nevada. Field excursions will focus on the diversity of plant communities and numerous geological formations that provide the backdrop for an evaluation of the flora. We will see several southern Sierran endemic plants and rare species and observe habitats from oak woodlands up to subalpine coniferous forests. Most areas of interest will be readily accessible by vehicle and short walks will take us into other various areas; these walks will not be long or strenuous. We plan to car-camp, changing locations each day. Campsites will have limited amenities. Car-pooling will be encouraged by participants to both reduce impacts to the environment and provide better access to field sites with limited parking.
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June 22 - 24, 2001

Paul Silva and Richard L. Moe
Location: USC Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island

The magnetic appeal of islands is shared by Santa Catalina, an oasis of underdevelopment so near and yet so far from the Los Angeles megapolis. Long famed for its colorful kelp beds and Mediterranean-blue water, Catalina is of special interest to botanists because of the large number of taxa that occur only on the island or only there and on other Channel Islands. The marine flora of Catalina is distinctly warm-water, including a small group of insular endemics. This weekend workshop will introduce participants to seaweeds of southern California, growing on nearly pristine shores. Instruction will be given in keying and in the preparation of herbarium specimens. Topics of discussion will include the history of our knowledge of southern California seaweeds (with emphasis on Catalina), how they have performed on the mainland in the face of pollution, and the role that the Channel Islands play in the intricate biogeographical pattern between Point Conception and Baja California. The text will be Marine Algae of California (Abbott and Hollenberg, 1976. Stanford University Press). An introductory lecture will be given Friday evening. Field trips early Saturday and Sunday mornings will provide fresh material for examination during each day.
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California Coastal Dune Ecology and Restoration
June 29 - July 1, 2001

Andrea Pickart
Location: Humboldt county

This will be primarily a field course located at the Lanphere Dunes Unit of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge and will therefore emphasize the dunes of northern California. The course will cover the physical and biotic processes that underlie dune formation and ecosystem functioning and how these processes relate to restoration. Other topics will include vascular and non-vascular floristics, plant ecology (including invasive weeds), dune fauna (including invertebrates), and common restoration techniques. Participants will view local restoration projects at different stages of completion. Slide lectures on Friday and Saturday evenings will include other California dune systems, and participants will be able to apply what is learned to dune systems elsewhere. Participants should be prepared to do some fairly strenuous walking in soft sand and travel by car up to 30 minutes from our original location.
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Flora of the Northern Siskiyou Mountains
July 5 - 8, 2001

Ron Kelley and Margriet Wetherwax
Location: Jackson county, Oregon

The northern boundary of the California Floristic Province includes the Siskiyou Mountains, a transverse range that crosses over the border into Oregon. The Siskiyou Mountains escaped recent glaciation and are therefore characterized by many endemic plant species and relict populations. This exceptional and mostly unexplored east/west range is at the crossroads of the Cascades and Klamath Ranges, with influences from coastal Oregon and Sierran floras. This workshop will introduce participants to the flora and geology of the region. Over the course of the weekend, weather permitting, we will botanize in the following areas and habitats: meadows and glades on the south face and alpine areas of Mount Ashland, Wrangle Gap, serpentine areas of Red Mountain, alpine tops and saddles of Dutchman and Observation Peaks, and meadows and red fir forests around Grouse Gap Shelter. We will be based in a Klamath National Forest campground (about 10 miles west of Interstate 5) with spectacular views of Mount Shasta and Mount Ashland. We plan to car-pool to field sites and trail heads and we may hike up to 4 miles per day. Hiking will be along the predominantly flat Pacific Crest Trail, and driving will be on unpaved Forest Service roads. Plant lists will be provided!
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Eriogonum: A Weekend of Wooly Knees
July 20 - 22, 2001

James Reveal
Location: San Francisco State Field Campus, Yuba Pass

The genus Eriogonum Michx. is one of California's largest and most frequently encountered genera of flowering plants. It ranges from the edge of the Pacific to the heights of the Sierra Nevada to the shore of an ancient pluvial lake near Badwater in Death Valley. With some 115 of the 240 species of Eriogonum within California's political boundaries, those interested in the flora of the state must be aware of the diverse variation encountered in the genus and those additional genera that make up the subfamily Eriogonoideae. The purpose of this workshop will be to 1) review the history of discoveries, 2) review the general morphology and taxonomically significant features of the plants, 3) illustrate the major taxonomic groups and species complexes, 4) discuss the ecological and habit characteristics as well as the distribution of eriogonums and relatives in California and elsewhere, 5) work with commonly available keys, and 6) have hands-on experience identifying various members of the group in the field and laboratory. If supported by enrollment, an additional class will be offered at the same location July 13 - 15, 2001. Please call the herbarium for scheduling confirmation. Participants may register for one session only.
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White Mountain Flora
July 26 - 29, 2001

Jim Morefield
Location: Bishop & Crooked Creek, White Mountain Research Stations

The White Mountains are located at the southwest corner of the Great Basin floristic region, and their geologic and habitat diversity, high relief (over 10,000 feet), and proximity to the Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert all contribute to their high floral diversity. They contain one of the most diverse and thoroughly documented vascular floras of any desert mountain range, with nearly 1,100 taxa in 89 families and 375 genera. The White Mountains are also known for their ancient bristlecone pines and for containing the highest point in Nevada and the third highest peak in California. The workshop will begin Thursday evening in Bishop with an evening slide show. Friday will be spent in the low elevation region of Deep Springs Valley and Saturday and Sunday will be spent in higher elevation and alpine areas. Through driving tours (high-clearance, multi-passenger vehicles needed) and easy to moderate walks (some at elevations of 10,000 to 12,000 feet), participants will have the opportunity to explore the general vegetation and geology of the White Mountains, sample several habitats and elevation zones, pursue and identify flora (common, rare, and unusual), and learn to observe some of the geographic and ecologic factors influencing species distributions and adaptations.
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August 3 - 5, 2001

Daniel H. Norris
Location: San Francisco State Field Campus, Yuba Pass

Carex is the largest genus of vascular plants in California. It is well represented in hydric, mesic, and even periodically dry habitats throughout the state. Among the most species-rich areas of the state are the mountain meadows of the Sierra. The Field Campus offers a particularly rich spectrum of sedge diversity illustrating many of the subgeneric and tribal groupings of Carex. Daytime field work in the vicinity can be supplemented by evening study of fresh materials collected from more distant areas. As a result, we anticipate that most of the major groups of the genus will be seen during the weekend workshop.
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Compositae (Asteraceae, Daisy Family): Especially Tarweeds
August 25 - 26, 2001

Bruce G. Baldwin and John L. Strother
Location: Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley

Beginning with an overview of morphological characteristics of composites (family-wide), including a review of terms used in descriptions and keys, we will provide a synopsis of diversity within Compositae and a brief introduction to recognition of tribes. Then, we will concentrate on Heliantheae (broadly defined) and will ultimately focus on diagnostic traits and relationships of tarweeds (Madiinae), including the divers kinds of Hawaiian tarweeds known as silverswords, which are glamorous descendants of a Californian tarweed. We hope that this workshop will prove to be an effective solvent for sticky problems in tarweed identification and that participants may even come away with enhanced admiration for tarweeds, one of our most maligned and distinctly Californian groups of plants.
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Basics of Botanical Illustration
March 10 - 11, 2001

Linda Ann Vorobik
Location: Life Science Building and Botanic Garden, UC Berkeley

During this weekend participants will learn how to render pencil drawings of plants and plant parts with scientific accuracy. No experience is necessary; however, even experienced illustrators will have the opportunity to hone their techniques. And, of course, all will benefit from looking at and enjoying the beauty of plants. The skills taught will emphasize field sketching and reading and interpreting existing scientific illustrations. We will focus on the illustration of large plant parts and habit sketches. We will also have the opportunity to examine plants using the dissecting microscope.
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Montane Pteridophytes and Angiosperms of Ecuador
August 2001, 10 days

Alan Smith and Grady Webster

Ecuador harbors one of the most diverse floras on earth and plans are underway to visit and explore several regions of the country. Possible field locations include: the Maquipucuna Reserve, a 4,500 hectare nature reserve that boasts undisturbed cloud forest; Bilsa Biological Station where we will experience a transition zone between lowland and montane forests; and Llanganates National Park where we will have the opportunity to explore the paramo. Our guides will be Dr. Alan Smith, Research Botanist and Curator of ferns at the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley, authority on tropical ferns and fern allies, and Dr. Grady Webster, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis, expert on Euphorbiaceae and author of the newly revised and illustrated checklist of the plants of the Maquipucuna Reserve. These two experts will introduce us to the flora and guide us through the fascinating habitats of this unique country. The trip is being planned for late summer, 2001. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Staci Markos at the Jepson Herbarium to receive more details.


Bruce G. Baldwin is Curator of the Jepson Herbarium and an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley, where he teaches Vascular Plant Systematics. Bruce received his Ph.D. at UC Davis in 1989. His research emphasizes systematics (including the use of biosystematic, molecular, and phylogenetic methods) of Californian vascular-plant groups, especially our native Compositae. He is also involved in floristic research in California's Mojave Desert.

Linda Beidleman has a M.S. in Biology from Rice University. She is co-author of Plants in the San Francisco Bay Region and Plants of Rocky Mountain National Park. Linda has worked with the California Native Plant Society, especially as co-supervisor for the CNPS East Bay plant nursery. Linda teaches short flora courses for the Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and The Colorado College Elder Hostel program.

Richard Beidleman has a Ph.D. in Biology (Ecology) from the University of Colorado and as an ecologist has been on the faculty at Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and The Colorado College. Now Professor Emeritus, he is a Research Associate at the University and Jepson Herbaria, and during summers teaches ecology, ornithology, and short flora courses in Colorado. He has written numerous publications on American botanists and is co-author of the Plants of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Thomas J. Carlson has a B.S. and M.S. in Botany from the University of Michigan, and an M.D. from Michigan State University. He has conducted medical and nutritional ethnobotanical research with and provided medical care to peoples in over forty ethnolinguistic groups in fifteen tropical countries. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, and Research Associate, University and Jepson Herbaria.

Travis Columbus is a plant systematist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. He has been interested in grasses since his undergraduate days in New Mexico. He received his Ph.D. working on Bouteloua and related taxa at UC Berkeley. His current research involves a monographic revision of Bouteloua and relatives.

Michael P. Dolan is the Field Office Rangeland Management Specialist, Botanist, and Noxious Weed Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management in Alturas, California where he has worked for ten years. He received his B.S. from Humboldt State University and has over 21 years experience with the Great Basin flora. Along with surveying for rare plants and monitoring vegetation on grazing allotments, he is involved in fire rehabilitation projects on rangelands subject to wildland fires.

Barbara Ertter is Administrative Curator and Curator of Western North American Flora at the University and Jepson Herbaria. She attended [Albertson] College of Idaho, University of Maryland (M.S. on Oxytheca), and the New York Botanical Garden (Ph.D. on the Juncus triformis complex). While retaining an interest in Juncaceae and the Eriogonoideae (Polygonaceae), the Potentilleae (Rosaceae) have become a current focus. Her research activities also include general floristic projects and historical aspects of western floristics.

Gordon Frankie is Professor of Insect Biology in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from UC Berkeley in 1968. His research interests are in plant reproductive biology, pollination ecology, and solitary bee biology. His field research time is split equally between California and the seasonally dry tropical forests of Costa Rica. He teaches several lecture and field courses in applied conservation biology at UC Berkeley and in Costa Rica.

Ron Kelley worked on the alkaloid chemosystematics of Amsinckia, Boraginceae, as part of his Doctoral dissertation at UC Davis. His other on interests include the flora of the Pacific Coast Trail, edaphic and geologic relationships to plant distribution, and plant speciation and evolution. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Oregon University in Le Grande, Oregon.

Gordon Leppig is herbarium botanist at the Humboldt State University Vascular Plant Herbarium and a Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Humboldt State. His professional emphasis in the ecology, taxonomy, and floristics of western North American grasses and wetland plants with a special interest in weeds, rare plants, and conservation. He is currently studying the wetland grass genus Glyceria and the phytogeography of northern California peatlands.

John McMurray is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley. He received a B.A. in Botany from Southern Illinois University in 1991 and is currently studying phylogenetic relationships among mosses for his graduate work. His teaching experience includes courses in general biology, plant morphology, physiology, and systematics.

Richard L. Moe is on the staff of the University Herbarium at UC Berkeley. He first became interested in seaweeds while participating in diving surveys in southern California and developed his interest while working in Antarctica. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Botanica Marina.

Jim Morefield began studying botany as a student at Deep Springs College and spent many field seasons during the 1980's exploring and revising the flora of the White Mountains. After finishing a degree in Botany and Geology in Flagstaff, Arizona, he completed a Ph.D. at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, where he studied Stylocline and related genera of composites. He contributed The Jepson Manual treatments for these genera plus Chaenactis. Currently, Jim works as the botanist for the Nevada Natural Heritage Program.

Brent D. Mishler is Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria as well as Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, where he teaches systematics and plant diversity. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984. His research interests are in the systematics, evolution, and ecology of bryophytes, especially the diverse moss genus Tortula, as well as in the phylogeny of green plants and the theory of systematics.

Daniel H. Norris is Professor Emeritus of Botany at Humboldt State University, where he taught a generation of California botanists. Following his retirement, he joined the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley, as a Research Botanist and continues to actively collect and curate specimens. His research specialties include bryophytes as well as the flowering plant genus Carex.

Brad Olson is currently an Environmental Specialist with the East Bay Regional Park District (Alameda and Contra Costa counties). He is the author of Status of Rare, Threatened and Endangered Vascular Plants in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, 3rd Edition and he has contributed to numerous other publications on the East Bay flora. Brad is participating in botanical research with UC Berkeley (Tehama County and Mt. Diablo), UC Santa Cruz (Big Creek Preserve), and The Nature Conservancy (Mt. Hamilton Project).

Robert Ornduff is Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology and former Director of the University and Jepson Herbaria and the Botanical Garden, UC Berkeley. He has visited Point Reyes nearly every weekend for the past 15 years and with the late Inverness botanist Virginia Norris wrote accounts of the unexpected botanical events on Inverness Ridge in the first two years following the Vision Fire. His research includes plants of western North America, but also of Australia and South Africa. He was recently appointed as Co-general Editor of the UC Press natural history guide series.

Elizabeth Painter is a Research Associate at the University and Jepson Herbaria. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Her research interests include floristics, rare plant and conservation biology, grasses, and plant/herbivore interactions. She has worked on floristic and rare plant surveys of public lands for over 20 years and is currently working on rare plant surveys for two Army National Guard Bases in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties. She co-authored Bromus and Deschampsia in The Jepson Manual.

Andrea Pickart is California Dune Ecologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She has overseen management of the Lanphere Dunes (now part of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and previously owned by The Nature Conservancy) since 1985, and co-authored Ecolgy and Restoration of Northern California's Coastal Dunes with John Sawyer. Her research interests include restoration ecology and rare plant population ecology.

James Reveal was born in Nevada, raised in California, and schooled in Utah. He spent 30 years as a Professor of Botany at the University of Maryland, retiring with emeritus status in 1999. Now living in Montrose, Colorado, he continues studying the eriogonoid members of the knotweed family as well as expanding upon his nomenclatural work on extant vascular plant names above the rank of genus.

Gary D. Schoolcraft is a recently retired botanist. He received a B.S. from Colorado State University and worked for the Bureau of Land Management in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada for 27 years. He spent most of those years surveying for rare plants, developing reclamation activities, vegetation mapping, and initiating an herbarium of the area with over 3,000 specimens.

Jim Shevock is a Research Associate at University and Jepson Herbaria and California Academy of Sciences. He is an active field botanist currently working with bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) as well as vascular plants. He has discovered several new species in the southern Sierra. After a number of years as the regional botanist for the United States Forest Service, he is currently the Associate Regional Director of resources for the National Park Service, Pacific West Region.

Teresa Sholars is a Professor at College of the Redwoods, Mendocino, where she has instructed courses in Agriculture, Forestry and Biological Sciences since for over twenty years. She is Rare Plant Coordinator in the Dorothy King Young Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and a member of the Rare Plant Scientific Advisory Committee for CNPS. She is also available to the Mendocino Coast Hospital for consultation in plant and mushroom poisoning cases.

Paul Silva has been on the staff of the University Herbarium since 1960. He has published extensively on the morphology, taxonomy, and geographic distribution of seaweeds. He was one of the founders of the International Phycological Society and the first editor of its journal, Phycologia.

Michael G. Simpson is a Professor in the Department of Biology at San Diego State University and Curator of the SDSU Herbarium. He received his Ph.D. in Botany from Duke University in 1983. He specializes in the phylogeny of monocots, particularly the Commelinids. At SDSU he teaches Plant Systematics, Taxonomy of California Plants, and specialty courses. He is an author of Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County and Plant Collecting and Documentation Field Notebook and is working on an upcoming textbook on Plant Systematics.

John L. Strother is a Research Botanist on the staff of the University Herbarium, UC Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis topic at the University of Texas (1967) was a group of composites and he has continued to study Compositae, floristically (mainly Chiapas, Mexico) and monographically (mostly genera of Heliantheae s.l. and Senecioneae). He is a contributor to and an editor for the Flora of North America North of Mexico project.

Robbin Thorp is Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology, UC Davis. He received a B.S. (1955) and M.S. (1957) in Zoology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received his Ph.D. (1964) in Entomology from UC Berkeley. He joined the faculty at UC Davis in 1964 where he taught courses in entomology, natural history of insects, insect classification, California insect diversity, and pollination ecology until retirement. His continued research interests include: ecology, systematics, biodiversity, and biology of bees.

Linda Ann Vorobik holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Biology and has taught numerous college courses in biology and scientific illustration. An illustrator for over 20 years, her work appears in many scientific books and journals including: The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California and A Flora of Santa Cruz Island. She is currently working on illustrations for the Jepson Desert Manual, Flora of Santa Catalina Island, Flora of San Nicolas Island, and Manual of Grasses for the Contiguous United States and Canada.

Margriet Wetherwax received her B.S. (1972) from UC Riverside and continued with graduate studies in Botany at CSU Humboldt. She authored several Scrophulariaceae and Rosaceae genera in The Jepson Manual and is writing treatments for the Castillejinae genera for the Flora of North America North of Mexico. Margriet is Managing Editor for the Jepson Desert Manual and is conducting plant surveys in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.


The class size is limited to 20 participants and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes must have a minimum of 10 students. If enrollment is less than 10, participants will be notified of course cancellation 30 days prior to the workshop. Information about each course, including total cost and a list of required supplies and equipment will be sent prior to the workshop. Directions to the location of the course will also be provided.


Deposits: A deposit of $60 per workshop must be made at the time of registration.

Final payment is due 30 days before the workshop.

Please make all checks payable to The Friends of the Jepson Herbarium.

Course Fees:

Weekend Workshops

2-3 day courses: $160 members / $175 non-members

4 day courses: $200 members / $220 non-members

Courses that start on Friday will generally begin in the evening and conclude early Sunday afternoon. Courses that start Saturday will begin Saturday morning and conclude Sunday around 5:00 p.m. Detailed schedules will be sent prior to the course.

Basic Botany
I. Plant Kingdom
($80 / $90)
II. Fifty Plant Families ($80 / $90)

Botanical Illustration
Basic Illustration
$160 / $175)

Facilities Use Fee: In addition to the course fee, there will be a separate fee for facilities use for those workshops that are held off the UCB campus. The use fee will include room and board where applicable and will be billed approximately 60 days prior to the course.


All cancellations must be in writing. A $25 cancellation fee will be applied for cancellations received 30 days or more before the starting date of the course. Course and facilities use fees, minus $60 deposit, MAY be refunded for cancellations received 15-29 days prior to the start of the course IF your space is filled by a wait-listed person. If your space is not filled, you will NOT receive a refund. There will be NO refunds given for cancellations made 14 or fewer days prior to the course. No exceptions will be made to the cancellation policy including personal or professional emergencies.


For more information contact Staci Markos at (510) 643-7008


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