Seventh Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Gretchen Daily (Keynote)

Location: Santa Barbara County Education Office

Member: Conservation Symposium @ $65.00
Nonmember: Conservation Symposium @ $70.00
Student: Conservation Sympoium @ $20.00

Trailblazing Women in Conservation

The Annual Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Conservation Symposium, established in 2012, is designed to address topics that are critical to environmental conservation in our region, as well as nationally and internationally. The keynote speaker is the winner of that year's Pritzlaff Conservation Award, which is given to a global trailblazer in conservation.

Registration fees include lunch.

Symposium Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gretchen Daily

image of Dr. Gretchen DailyDr. Gretchen Daily is a champion of the “ecosystem services” concept (the benefits supplied to human societies by natural ecosystems), and has worked tirelessly to integrate this concept into the decision-making processes of countries, companies, communities, and organizations across the globe. As Founder and Faculty Director of the Natural Capital Project, Dr. Daily and her team work with world leaders on diverse projects such as lands management planning in China, transportation decision-making in Latin America, and habitat restoration in Africa. This work builds from Gretchen's research as an ecologist, including her work to characterize the drivers of biodiversity loss, to understand ecological dynamics in agricultural and pastoral landscapes, and to examine trade-offs between conservation objectives. Further, her collaborative research on such topics as water-related services, control of environmentally transmitted diseases, and the physical and mental benefits of nature experiences are informing the models used to guide environmentally sustainable decision-making. Dr. Daily is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, as well as a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and has been the recipient of many other awards, including the Blue Planet Prize in 2017. Her work has been cited nearly 23,000 times.