Who We Are

We are an active organization with over 100 members. Based out of the University of California, Berkeley, the Berkeley Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is not exclusive to university students. In fact, we encourage members of the entire Bay Area community to join our group. We are lead by the executive committee.

What We Do

The Berkeley Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is a conservation organization with initiatives at the local, national, and international levels.


We encourage thinking about conservation biology in the broadest sense, welcoming a variety of disciplines. This breadth can be seen in our current project and past three campaigns (see Projects tab above).

Meeting Conservation Series

We hold a monthly seminar series, "Meeting Conservation," which brings conservation professionals to campus to speak about conservation work outside of academia. Meetings start with socializing, updates on other SCB campaigns at 4:30 PM in 112 Hilgard Hall; pizza, vegan snacks, and refreshments will be served! The seminar begins at 5:00 PM and is followed by a Q&A.


Our next seminar will be April 16th with Dr. Laurence Frank, director of Panthera's Living with Lions research program. He'll be speaking about interdisciplinary approaches to lion conservation outside of parks.

Join us for a restoration day!

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BACB Symposium 2015

Join us for a restoration day!

We have adopted a plot of land heavily degraded by invasive wetland species at at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond to plan and execute its restoration.  Join us each first Saturday of the month for weeding, mulching, and planting it back to health.


Go to the Projects tab above for information about our next restoration day!

We were featured in the Bay Leaf Newsletter for our Point Isabel restoration efforts! Check us out on page 7!

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Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium 2015

On May 2nd, we will be hosting the 16th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium! This is an excellent opportunity for interested students, faculty, government agencies, NGOs, and private consulting firms to meet and exchange ideas!


Check out the Symposium tab above for more information and to register and submit abstracts.

Executive Committee

Nathan Van Schmidt



Briana Abrahms

Vice President


Kaitlyn Gaynor



Laurie Hall