Student Resources

Welcome to the Cal-IPC Student Section

Student Liaisons Amanda Swanson and Marina LaForgia meet with Board Member Laura Pavliscak at the Cal-IPC Symposium

Student Liaisons Amanda Swanson and Marina LaForgia meet with Board Member Laura Pavliscak at the Cal-IPC Symposium

The Cal-IPC Student Section is dedicated to expanding opportunities for students interested in invasive plant research and management. We serve as a voice for students within Cal-IPC and work to connect them with each other as well as with professionals. As a part of Cal-IPC’s mission to protect California’s wildlands from invasive plants now and in the future, we need the next generation of weed warriors to get involved! Whether you’re a current student, recent graduate or early career professional, if you are interested in land management and invasive speices, join our student mailing list to hear about internship opportunities, student funding, and symposium-related events!

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Most of our events take place at the annual Cal-IPC Symposium. Each year, we organize a variety of networking events including a Career Panel for students to learn more about careers in weed management with representatives from a variety of fields including non-profits, academia, consulting and the government. We also kick off every symposium with a Student Mixer to bring together all the students at the conference.

In addition to these events, there are also various funding opportunities and awards available to our student members. We started offering Student Travel Awards in 2017 to help offset travel and registration fees; we look forward to offering these every year. Students can also compete for cash prizes by participating in the annual Student Paper and Poster contests.

Don’t forget to register for the Symposium! On-line registration ends Oct. 31. After that, late registration is only accepted at the door. 

Job, Internship, and Funding Resources

Cal-IPC Student Section Job and Internship Board

Looking for research opportunities, seasonal work, internships, or more permanent opportunities in the field of invasive species and restoration? Check out current opportunities across California now on our Job and Internship Board, updated weekly!

Other Useful Resources

News & Events

August 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Student Travel Award winners Rebecca Serata (UC Davis), Madeline Nolan (UC Santa Barbara), Michala Phillips (UC Riverside), Jade Blennau (Stony Brook University), Mika Hozawa (Kyoto University), Lindsay Marks (UC Santa Barbara), and Temitope Borokini (University of Nevada, Reno). Looking forward to hearing about your projects at the Symposium!

May 2018

Get ready for the 2018 Cal-IPC Symposium!
Do you have a topic to present? Join us in Monterey, November 7 – 10, and share your research. Abstracts are due June 1st. This year the Student Section will be offering Travel Awards to offset costs for attendance as well as monetary awards for top Student Talk and Student Poster. We will also be holding a Student and Early Career Professional Networking Lunch. Check back soon for more details on Student Section events and award deadlines and go to the Symposium page to submit an abstract!

February 2018

Launching Cal-IPC Student Section Job and Internship Board

We just launched a job and internship board full of current opportunities in the fields of invasive species and restoration research and management! We’ll be updating it weekly.

January 2018

New Student Liaison
We welcome Guy Hernandez and Marlee Antill, both Master’s students at Cal Poly Pomona, on board as a Student Liaisons. Look out for us at the upcoming CNPS conference in LA at the end of the month!

October 2017

Cal-IPC Symposium Career Panel

Symposium 2017 Students 1 by Marina LaForgia

Students gather at the 2017 Symposium to review and discuss posters.

For the Career Panel at the 2017 Cal-IPC Symposium, we brought together a stellar group of professionals working for the government, non-profits, and in various academic-related positions. Our panelists included:

  • Heather Schneider, a Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Judy Perkins, the Mojave Desert Native Plant Coordinator at the Bureau of Land Management
  • Travis Bean, the Cooperative Extension Weed Science Specialist at UC Riverside
  • Jutta Burger, the Managing Director of Science and Stewardship at Irvine Ranch Conservancy
  • Jennifer Funk, Associate Professor at Chapman University.

Panelists talked about work-life balance, skills necessary to obtaining a job in their respective organizations, the two-body problem, and the winding path that took them from graduate school into their current careers.

Student Paper and Poster Contest
Congratulations to our 2017 winners and runner-ups:

For a full list of past Student winners, visit the Symposia Awards page.

September 2017

New Student Liaison
We welcome Noah Teller, PhD student at UC Riverside, on board as a Student Liaison. We look forward to working with you to expand our student section!

Student Travel Awards
Congratulations to the first round of student travel award recipients:

  • Karen Tanner, UC Santa Cruz
  • Noah Teller, UC Riverside
  • Brooke Pickett, UC Riverside
  • Monique Silva Crossman, Humboldt State University

Student Liaisons (full bios on Directors & Staff page)

  • Marlee Antill, Cal Poly Pomona (2018 – Present)
  • Guy Gabriel Hernandez, Cal Poly Pomona (2018 – Present)
  • Marina LaForgia, UC Davis, (2014 – Present)
  • Noah Teller, UC Riverside (2017 – Present)

Past Student Liaisons

  • Amanda Swanson, UC Riverside (2016 – 2017), Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Wyoming
  • Justin Valliere, UC Riverside (2014 – 2016), Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA
  • Bridget Hilbig, UC Riverside (2012 – 2014), Assistant Professor at Weber State University
  • Meghan Skaer Thomasen, UC Davis (2012 – 2014), Resident Ecology, Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research, USDA
  • Kai Palenscar, UC Riverside, US Fish and Wildlife
  • Chelsea Carey, UC Merced, Senior Soil Ecologist for Point Blue
  • Heather Schneider, UC Riverside, Rare Plant Biologist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
  • Sara Jo Dickens, UC Riverside, Ecologist and Science Communicator at Ecology Bridge LLC
  • Mike Bell, UC Riverside, Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Irvine

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