Chapters Corner: Berkeley Chapter

 Our chapter recruited new undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral members at a successful kick-off event last fall.

This year our chapter is focusing on strengthening the conservation community both within our Berkeley Chapter and within the broader Bay Area. We kicked off our fall semester with a successful recruiting event which reached over 20 new members from undergraduates to postdocs. Over the course of the fall we continued our 'Meeting Conservation' series, in which we invite Bay Area scientists and practitioners to share their non-academic career paths and experiences for campus members interested in conservation and the integration of science, management, and policy. These included speakers from the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the California Academy of Sciences. 

Berkeley chapter members met with Dr. Pat Gonzalez, Principal Climate Scientist for the National Park Service, to discuss his research and experience in a federal career as part of our 'Meeting Conservation' seminar series.

In the Bay Area we are privileged to have a great network of students, researchers, and practitioners working in conservation biology. To this end, we are starting off the spring semester with a Bay Area chapter networking event bringing together local chapters at Stanford, UC San Francisco, UC Davis, and UC Santa Cruz to take advantage of our proximity and help strengthen these connections. In addition, we have the following exciting events planned for this semester:
  • We are participating in a BioBlitz with a local conservation group, Save Mount Diablo, to assess the biodiversity on a local private property adjacent to Mount Diablo State Park in Northern California
  • We are continuing our 'Meeting Conservation' seminar series with speakers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy
  • We are organizing a how-to-get-into-grad-school panel of professors and graduate students targeting undergrads interested in careers in Ecology and Conservation

Visit the SCB Berkeley Chapter website to learn more about the Chapter's work.