The State of Biodiversity

Save the Date | Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The 2020 State of Biodiversity Symposium date is set for Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 9 AM-3:30 PM.

About the State of Biodiversity Symposium:

After the State of the Union, State of the State, and State of the City addresses, the State of Biodiversity Symposium will convene national and regional scientists and conservationists to discuss the latest science, emerging threats, and management success stories in the world of conservation. 2020 will be our third year hosting this event, which is open to the general public, conservation practitioners, and scientists to explore the status of regional conservation and biodiversity research efforts. Learn more about past symposia.

Special thanks to the following speakers for contributing to the 2019 State of Biodiversity:

  • Keynote Speaker, Rodrigo A. Medellín, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Mirna Borrego Lazalde, Terra Peninsular
  • Tom Demere, Ph.D., San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Paula Ezcurra, M.A.S., Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Jill Hamilton, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
  • Tali Hammond, Ph.D.,San Diego Zoo Global
  • Megan Jennings, Ph.D., San Diego State University, Climate Science Alliance
  • Chantel Jimenez, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Brent Mishler, Ph.D., UC Berkeley
  • Amber Pairis, Ph.D., Climate Science Alliance, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Lauren Marino Perez, M.A., San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Wolke Tobón Niedfeldt, Conabio
  • Nicole Rafferty, Ph.D., UC Riverside
  • Casey H. Richart, Ph.D.
  • Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., San Diego Zoo Global
  • Sula Vanderplank, Ph.D., San Diego Natural History Museum, Terra Peninsular, San Diego State University, San Diego Zoo Global
  • Ignacio Vilchis, Ph.D., San Diego Zoo Global


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Speaker Profiles

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Registration will open in late Fall.

The 2019 State of Biodiversity Symposium was made possible by presenting sponsor The San Diego Foundation and media partner kpbs_logo.png.

Additional support provided by the Alan G. Lehman and Jane A. Lehman Foundation.

A special thank you to the 2019 State of Biodiversity Advisory Committee for their insights and support brining this symposium to life: Allison Alberts, Annalisa Berta, Bill Barry, Horacio de la Cueva Salcedo, Marshal Hedin, Kim O'Connor, Wayne Spencer, Mendel Stewart, Amy Vandergast, and Kristin Winter.