Corteva Symposia Series Presents:

Branching Out:
Plant Diversity from Genes to Ecosystems

on April 12th, 2024, 8 AM - 7 pm at the UC Davis Alumni Center

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We are thrilled to bring together the UC Davis Plant Sciences community for this year’s symposium

Come to hear from speakers from across a diverse range of plant-related disciplines, network with academic and industry professionals, and enjoy a poster session and reception. The event will also be live-streamed to share fantastic research with attendees near and far.

In-Person Attendance Information
The symposium will be hosted at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center (530 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616). The doors will open at 8 AM, and the event will conclude at 7 PM. Upon arrival, please proceed to the lobby to check in and receive your name badge. The main conference room seats up to 200 people with additional viewing areas outside (Alumni Center Courtyard) and in a designated quiet room. If you are presenting a poster, please mount your poster in the outdoor space allocated for the poster session. Lunch and light refreshments will be served on-site. Please be prepared to show proof of age when checking in if you would like to consume an alcoholic beverage during the poster session.

Virtual Attendance Information

Webinar Link

Virtual Poster Presentations

Virtual Posters

Nearby bus stops are located at the Silo Terminal and Peter J. Shields Library, a 10-minute walk away. Bicycle parking is available near the Alumni Center and across the street near the Mondavi Center. Car parking is available with purchase of a visitor pass (more information linked below) in the Gateway Structure Parking Lot and the open air lots behind the Manetti Shrem Museum. For visitor pass parking instructions, check the following link Accessible parking and services offered by UC Davis can be learned about at the following link


Thank you to our 2024 invited speakers from across California for sharing their exciting research!

  • Jennifer Barry

    Corteva Agriscience

    Jennifer Barry is a Technical Manager at Corteva Agriscience whose interests focus on the discovery of proteins that provide the next generation of input traits for use in transgenic crops. She currently leads the Insect Control and Herbicide Tolerance Discovery group which leverages biodiversity, protein biochemistry, next-generation sequencing technology and bioinformatics to discover proteins with utility for these traits.

  • Brandon Gaut

    University of California, Irvine

    Brandon Gaut is a plant evolutionary biologist who uses the tools of genomics to describe and quantify the processes that drive the evolution of plant genomes. In addition to research, Gaut has served as an administrator at UCI (as Chair, Interim Dean and Associate Dean), as President of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution, and currently as the co Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

  • Danelle Seymour

    University of California, Riverside

    Danelle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UCR. Before joining UCR, Danelle completed her NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Irvine. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Max Planck Institute of Developmental Biology (University of Tuebingen) in 2016.

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    Jarmila Pittermann

    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Jarmila Pittermann is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz where she teaches plant physiology. Her research focuses on plant structure and function in the context of evolution and climate change.

  • Todd P. Michael

    The Salk Institute

    Todd Michael is a Research Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where his group focuses on the sequencing and analysis of plant genomes. His group is part of the Harnessing Plant Initiative at the Salk that aims to develop crop plants that sequester more carbon via extensive root systems containing recalcitrant carbon polymers to fight climate change.

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    Whitney Brim-DeForest

    University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Whitney Brim-DeForest is the County Director for University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba, and the UCCE Rice and Wild Rice Advisor for Sutter, Yuba, Placer, and Sacramento counties. She holds a M.S. in International Agricultural Development and a PhD in Horticulture and Agronomy from the University of California, Davis.

  • And more
    from UC Davis
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Organizing Committee

The Plant Sciences Symposium Organizing Committee is student led with a faculty advisor.

Grey Monroe PhD

Faculty Mentor

Matthew Davis

President - Plant Biology Graduate Group

David Mitchell

Treasurer - Ecology Graduate Group

Alice Pierce

Secretary - Plant Biology Graduate Group

Mariele Lensink

Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group

Colleen Mills

Ecology Graduate Group

Xiaolu Zhang

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group

Zhenglin Zhang

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group

Mirella Zaccheo

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group

Mia Godbey

Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group


Thank you to the following sponsors who support our symposium!


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