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… your hub for all things botany related in Pennsylvania!


Join Us for the Next Pennsylvania Botany Symposium • October 20–21, 2023
Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center • State College, PA More Information Coming Soon!

Pennsylvania Botany is Pennsylvania’s first botanical symposium, established in 2012. It is held every other year and welcomes plant enthusiasts from Pennsylvania and the surrounding region — everyone from professional botanists to hobbyists interested in the science that will advance and protect Pennsylvania native flora. This symposium is developed by people just like you — individuals who love plants and desire a hub for botanical communication in our region. BECOME A DONOR! Get the details here.
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2023 Pennsylvania Botany Symposium Schedule

Friday, October 20 FULL DAY WORKSHOPS

Claire Ciafre
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP)
and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Winter Trees and Shrubs
Norris Muth, PhD
Professor of Biology
Juniata College

Introduction to Mosses
Scott Schuette, PhD
Botany Program Manager
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


Wetland Plants
Jeff Polonoli
Senior Project Environmental Scientist
GAI Consultants

Invasives: Look-Alikes and Management
Brian Daggs
Western PA Conservancy

Larry Klotz, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Biology
Shippensburg University 

Peter Wilf, PhD and
His Grad Students
Professor, Department of Geosciences
Penn State University

5:00-7:00 p.m.  Appetizers, Cash Bar, Student Poster Session
7:00-8:00 p.m.  Documentary Movie and Discussion:
Rooted Wisdom: Nature’s Role in the Underground Railroad

Saturday, October 21 SPEAKERS

Keynote Speaker, PA Native Plant Genetics
Tanisha Williams, PhD
Richard E. and Yvonne Smith Post-Doctoral Fellow in Botany
Bucknell University

Native Plant Conservation
Cheyenne Moore
Plant Conservation Network Coordinator
PA Natural Heritage Program

Emerald Ash Borer, Effects and Restoration
Jason Kilgore, PhD
Professor of Biology
Washington & Jefferson College

Pennsylvania’s Ramps:
What are they, where do they grow,
and should we be concerned?

Sarah Nilson, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology
Penn State Beaver

Eric Burkhart, PhD
Director of Appalachian Botany and Ethnobotany
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center and

Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Ecosystem Science & Management

Penn State University

Native Americans, Smokey the Bear and
the rise and fall of eastern US fire ecosystems

Marc Abrams, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Forest Ecology and Physiology
Penn State University

Cool Finds Slide Show
Curated & narrated by
Roger Latham, PhD
Ecologist / Conservation Biologist

Orchids, Fungi, and the Surrounding Plant Community—the wood wide web may be even bigger than we thought
Melissa McCormick, PhD
Molecular Ecologist
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Did you miss the event? Click here to find a link to the recorded symposium, access the student posters, and a PDF copy of 2021 Coof Finds!View the 2021-22 webinars on demand! Find links to the videos here.


Pennsylvania Botany’s mission is to inspire, inform and expand knowledge of Pennsylvania botany, while building new relationships with others who share our passion for native plants and their conservation.

Who We Are
The folks behind this web site, and the events highlighted here, are botanists from throughout Pennsylvania, hailing from a variety of backgrounds (see right column). This is a non-commercial effort and all persons associated with this web site are volunteering time to help organize professional activities and networking opportunities for botanists working in Pennsylvania and the region.

These botanists, from a variety of Pennsylvania botanical institutions and plant conservation organizations, have come together to provide funding, content, and support for a much-needed hub for botanical communication, training, and news in the commonwealth.

On this site, you will find information about the biennial Pennsylvania Botany Symposium, Pennsylvania Botany workshops and webinars, the annual Pennsylvania Rare Plant Forum, and more!

How To Get In Touch With Us

If you would like to be added to the PA Botany private listserv, offer to volunteer, provide financial support, or share a comment, contact us here.