Natural History of the Channel Islands

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2019

- Thursday, October 10, 2019

Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Denise Knapp

Location: Blakesley Library

Class location has been changed to the Blaksley Library.

California's Galapagos

The California Channel Islands are world-renowned for their scenic beauty and rich natural resources, including a large proportion of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. This 9-week course offers an overview of the terrestrial ecology and natural history of these gems of the Central Coast. Join us as Garden Director of Conservation & Research Denise Knapp shares stories of the plant, animal, geologic, climatic, and human realms on these fascinating islands.


Dr. Denise KnappDr. Denise Knapp, the Garden's Director of Conservation and Research, received her degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she investigated plant-insect interactions and habitat restoration. She has worked for two decades as a plant ecologist in southern California, with eight of those years on Santa Catalina Island and conservation experience on nearly all of the Channel Islands. She has published research on a wide range of topics from ecosystem restoration and plant-insect interactions, to rare plant populations, vegetation change, fire, introduced species, and conservation prioritization.

Channel Islands
Botany/Natural History