Who We Are

We are a professional organization of Bay Area grad students, undergraduates, post docs, and professionals dedicating to promoting the science and practice of conservation biology. We were founded at the University of California-Berkeley in 1997, but are not exclusive to university students or Berkeley residents. We encourage members of the entire Bay Area community to join our group. Membership is free!

What We Do

Our mission is to promote scientific research, dialogue, and policy on the conservation of biological diversity, and to connect Bay Area students, conservation professionals, and activists through hands-on conservation experiences and professional development opportunities. We encourage thinking about conservation biology in the broadest sense, welcoming a variety of disciplines. This breadth can be seen in our current and past projects and campaigns. Explore our website to learn more about our activities!

Upcoming Events Get Into Grad School in Ecology and Conservation Biology! Panel

Tuesday April 25th, 5:00-6:30 PM

159 Mulford Hall, UC-Berkeley


Are you interested in getting a Master's or Ph.D. degree in the fields of Ecology or Conservation Biology? If so, come to this exciting panel Q&A event to hear insights from professors and graduate students on navigating the application and decision-making process, and get your questions answered! Panelists are Dr. Justin Brashares, Professor of Wildlife Ecology in ESPM, Dr. Eileen Lacey, Professor of Behavioral Ecology in IB, Adrian Lu, Ph.D. candidate in ESPM, Sara ElShafie, Ph.D. student in IB, and Lauren Wilson, Range Management Master's student in ESPM.

The 17th Bay Area Conservation Biology Symposium

Saturday May 7th, 8:30 AM-7:00 PM

159 Mulford Hall, UC-Berkeley



For over 15 years, the Conservation Biology Symposium has rotated among different Bay Area universities. This year, the newly formed Stanford Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is hosting. This event creates a forum in which researchers from all backgrounds can share recent scientific findings and policy issues in conservation biology. We welcome participants from all backgrounds and all institutions. This an excellent opportunity for Bay Area students and faculty, as well as those working for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private consulting firms to meet and exchange ideas. The Berkeley SCB is organizing a carpool of attendees, to leave from Berkeley at 7:30 that morning. Contact vanschmidt@berkeley.edu for more information or to RSVP! Conference registration is required.