The State of Biodiversity

6th Annual State of Biodiversity Symposium

Wednesday, April 12, 1-8 PM

Conservation professionals and biodiversity lovers, unite!

The 6th Annual State of Biodiversity Symposium brings together conservationists, land managers, scientists, students, and the interested public to convene diverse voices around regional conservation topics to understand the current opportunities, threats, and state of knowledge.


  • Keynote speaker: Jennifer Norris, Ph.D. | California’s 30x30 Initiative
  • Anna Becker | Centering Justice in Local Conservation
  • Julio Lorda, Ph.D. | Climate Change Impacts and Restoration Efforts in the Coast of Baja California
  • Mariana Delgado Fernández, Ph.D. | Expediciones Botánicas: Connecting People with Nature Conservation in Baja California
  • Ignacio (Nacho) Vilchis, Ph.D.
Learn more about our panelists and keynote presenter.


  • 1 PM: Registration and networking
  • 1: 45-5 PM: Afternoon Symposium
    • 1:45 PM: Opening remarks
    • 2 PM: Four talks focused on regional conservation
    • 3:30 PM: Coffee break
    • 4 PM: Panel discussion
  • 5-6:30 PM: Networking reception and opportunity to explore the Museum
  • 6:30-8 PM: Keynote presentation and public Nat Talk focused on the 30x30 initiative--conserving 30% of California's land and waters by 2030

Tickets and Registration

Your ticket includes the entire day of activities—the afternoon symposium, networking reception, and public Nat Talk featuring keynote speaker Dr. Jennifer Norris.

$75 general admission
$60 museum members
$45 for students and early career professionals

Purchase tickets

Can’t attend in person? We’ve got you covered, because you can join virtually at no cost (but donations are appreciated and will support our mission).

Just planning to attend the evening Nat Talk featuring Dr. Jennifer Norris? Visit our Nat Talk page for details and to book your tickets.

The 2023 State of Biodiversity Symposium and Nat Talk are made possible with support from The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS.

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