This workshop is a detailed walkthrough of the study guide materials and specific topics that are covered in the California Botanist Certification exams. This serves as an overview of subject matter that the certified botanist is expected to know, and where the student can find specific studies materials or resources that were used to develop the certification exams.
Target Audience: Botanists interested in becoming a Certified Botanist (Associate, Field, or Consulting).
Description: The workshop is a detailed walkthrough of the study guide materials and specific topics that are covered in the California Botanist Certification exams. This serves as an overview of subject matter that the certified botanist is expected to know, and where the student can find specific studies materials or resources that were used to develop the certification exams.
Participants will learn:
- What resources are available to study
- How each of the exams will be conducted and how to be prepared for them
- Scope of each exam (Sight ID, written [multiple choice/true-false], and keying)
- Example test questions
- Question and answer period
Schedule & Locale
Wednesday, February 23
8:30 – 8:45 AM
Welcome and Introductions
8:45 – 10:00 AM
Review of Sight ID & Keying Exam
Sight ID Exam – how the exam works, what plants you need to know, and how to study for it. Examples of test questions will be provided.
Keying Exam – how the exam works, what tools you will need to use.
10:00 – 10:15 AM
10:15 – Noon
Review of Written Exams (Field and Consulting)
A broad range of topics for both the field and consulting botanist, including taxonomy, botanical terminology, field survey methods and protocols, plant communities, systematics (basic), sampling methods, code of ethics, CEQA, NEPA, ESA, CESA, vegetation classification, floristics, thresholds of significance, rarity, database tools, online resources, references.
Schedule subject to change.
Location: This half-day workshop will be on Zoom. Participants will be sent a link. Participants will want to be sure they are in a location with high-speed internet, can see system requirements here.
Materials & Requirements
Materials Required: Please bring a notebook and pen/pencil.
Materials Provided: CNPS will provide a list of references and links to online resources.
About the Instructor
David Magney, Certified Consulting Botanist #0001
David Magney, Special Projects Program Manager of the CNPS Rare Plant Program and owner of David Magney Environmental Consulting (DMEC), is a biologist/botanist, Certified Consulting Botanist and Certified Arborist, and physical geographer with a thorough knowledge of the flora of CA and over 30 years of field experience. He is the chair of the Board of Certification, since 2016. David joined CNPS staff in mid-2016 after 32 years in various leadership roles as a volunteer focusing on conservation and rare plants, including serving as CNPS Board President and president of the Channel Islands Chapter for many years.
As an environmental consultant, David has worked on and managed a large variety of projects throughout the Pacific Southwest, including biological resource inventories, vegetation mapping and classification, wetland delineations and restoration, rare plant surveys and ecological studies, fisheries habitat assessment and mitigation design, fisheries monitoring, small mammal trapping and surveys, biological impact analysis and mitigation, and construction and mitigation monitoring. He formed DMEC in 1997 after spending 2 years with FugroWest, 6 years with Jones & Stokes Associates, and 3 years with Dames & Moore, as well as working with the Los Padres National Forest and UCSB Herbarium. David earned a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies (emphasis in botany) from UC Santa Barbara in 1985. He also holds an A.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Ventura College. David has taught courses and given presentations on wetland impacts and mitigation, CEQA, Clean Water Act permitting, water quality, riparian and wetland plant identification, and wetland delineation methodology. He has authored two floras in CA and presented numerous papers on vegetation and water quality, and has nearly completed a manual on the flora of Ventura County (www.venturaflora.com). He served on the Environmental Review Board for Los Angeles County Regional Planning, and the City of Ojai’s Tree Committee until 2016.
Registration for this workshop is now closed. Please visit www.cnps.org/education/workshops to learn about our other upcoming workshops.
Before registering, please review our full workshop cancellation policy and participant expectations. The last day to cancel your registration for this workshop and receive any refund (less the cancellation fee) is Friday, February 18, 2022. For other ways to register, please see our full registration & payment policy.