2021 Washington Botanical Symposium (online)

Logos for Burke Museum and UW Botanic Gardens

Crowberry Bog. Photo by Joe Rocchio.

Thursday, March 4, 2021
9:00am – 3:30pm (PST)

Conference Announcement (PDF)

An extensive network of professional, academic, and amateur botanists are actively engaged in the conservation, management, and study of Washington’s diverse flora.  Their expertise ranges from how best to manage biodiversity, to understanding climate change impacts on plant communities, to naming and classifying the flora’s rare, common, and invasive elements.  Invited speakers and poster presentations will share new insights and discoveries about these topics and more.  Participants from throughout Washington and adjacent areas will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues within and across disciplines.

Co-hosted by: University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum








Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program



Society of Wetland Scientists – Pacific Northwest Chapter

Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board


Research Posters & Announcements

Attendees are invited to present research posters and make announcements about related news and opportunities on the symposium website. Contributions may include video, text, and/or images. Email urbhort@uw.edu if you have something to share, or upload your content as part of the registration process.

Agenda & Presentation Resources

Full agenda with abstracts (PDF)

9-9:15am Welcome and introductory remarks
9:15-10am Center for Plant Conservation National Plant Conservation efforts
Joyce Maschinski, Ph.D. Director of Plant Conservation, San Diego Zoo Global and President & CEO, Center for Plant Conservation

10-10:10am Break
10:10-10:40am Washington’s State-Managed Natural Areas: Capturing Plant Diversity in a Network of Small Sites
David Wilderman, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Areas Program Ecologist

10:40-10:50am Break
10:50-11:20am Native Plants are Our Greatest Teachers
Valerie Segrest (Muckleshoot), Native foods nutritionist and Regional Director of Native Food and Knowledge Systems for the Native American Agriculture Fund

11:20-11:50am Moss as an Indicator of Air Pollution
Sarah Jovan, PhD., National Lichen Indicator Advisor, U.S. Forest Service PNW Research Station

11:50am-12:35pm Lunch break (45 min)
12:35-1:05pm Ecological characteristics of a coastal raised bog, one of the rarest wetland types in the western United States
Joe Rocchio, Program Manager. Washington Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Program

1:05-1:35pm Predicting the future: using plant phenological research to manage ecosystems in an era of global change
Janet Prevéy, Research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center

1:35-1:45pm Break
1:45-2:15pm Root Hemiparasitic Plants Associated with More Even Communities on a National Scale
Jasna Hodzic, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington

2:15-2:45pm Stories and discoveries from British Columbia’s alpine plants
Ken Marr, Curator of Botany, Royal BC Museum

2:45-2:55pm Break
2:55-3:25pm Some changes in the Washington flora
Peter F. Zika, Research Associate, WTU Herbarium, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle

3:25-3:30pm Closing remarks


Steering Committee Members

Clayton Antieau, Chair Senior Specialist, Environmental Review and Environmental Permitting,
Seattle Public Utilities, City of Seattle and Past President, Washington Native Plant Society
Wendy DesCamp Washington State Department of Agriculture
Wendy Gibble Associate Director, University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Rare Plant Care
and Conservation Program Manager (Rare Care)
David Giblin, Ph.D Collections Manager, University of Washington Herbarium, Burke Museum
Jenifer Parsons Aquatic Plant Specialist, Washington Department of Ecology
Joe Rocchio Program Manager, Washington DNR, Natural Heritage Program
Kelli Van Norman Inventory Coordinator, Oregon/Washington BLM and Region 6 Forest Service,
Interagency Special Status/Sensitive Species Program

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to support continuing education, ensure the success of this event, and enable us to offer students, service corps members, and those facing financial hardship reduced or waived registration fees. View sponsorship materials


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