Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium 2017

The Santa Cruz Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology will be hosting the 18th annual Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium this year. The CBS is a one-day conference that rotates around the Bay Area, bringing together conservation scientists and practitioners from universities, non-profits, and agencies in the area to share current research and programs concerning local conservation. We are pleased this year to feature two keynote speakers Dr. Jim Estes and Dr. Karen Poiani, as well as a conservation law panel. Registration is $20 for students is and $25 for professionals. 

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Submit an abstract here by March 24!

Register here by April 14!

When: May 6, 2017, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, reception to follow
Where: University of California, Santa Cruz
Conference location and directions

CBS 2017 Schedule


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jim Estes

Dr. Jim Estes is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is respected as a pioneer of trophic cascades research, particularly in his work on the ecological role of sea otters in key forest ecosystems. Jim is the recipient of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Schumaker Award, the Western Society of Naturalists’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Society of Mammalogists’ C. Hart Merriam Award.

Dr. Karen Poiani

Dr. Karen Poiani is the CEO of Island Conservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the removal of invasive species from islands. She has a diverse background working for conservation organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Karen has worked from local to global scales on a wide range of conservation issues and was an early proponent of landscape-level conservation and the maintenance of functional landscapes.