2018 Annual Conference of the 

Society of Ecological Restoration –

Southwest Chapter


September 12-14, 2018

High Country Conference Center

Flagstaff, Arizona


Save the date for the SER-SW Chapter 4th Annual Conference in beautiful Flagstaff at the High Country Conference Center. Expect a program filled with informative talks and field trips focused on restoration, management, conservation, and ecology. For more information and program details, visit the conference website HERE.




Poster Presentation Submissions

Please include the following information:

  • Title
  • Abstract- not to exceed 250 words
  • Author(s)- please add an asterisk before the last name of the presenting author
  • Preferred presentation type (poster or talk)
  • Email and phone number for presenting author

Send your abstract to ser.sw.conference@gmail.com.


Deadline: August 15, 2018



Student Registration Scholarship

One of the best aspects of the SER SW Chapter Annual Conference is student involvement and networking opportunities. We offer a discounted registration rate for students, as well as a limited number of registration scholarships. Student presentations and students who submit posters are also automatically entered into a contest with great prizes. Posters can be on any topic related to restoration, management, or conservation of natural areas in the Southwest Chapter Ecoregions.


The scholarship winner is expected to participate in the conference administration experience by supporting vendor and registration activities, other small volunteer tasks, and will be able to attend all the sessions and the field day.



2018 Scholarship Application

Deadline: August 15, 2018



Featured Speaker: Nikki Cooley

We are pleased to welcome Nikki Cooley, from the NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, as our keynote opening speaker!


Nikki is the co-manager for ITEP’s Tribal Climate Change Program. She is of the Diné Nation by way of Shonto and Blue Gap, AZ, and is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Reed People Clan, maternal grandfathers are of the Water that Flows Together Clan, and paternal grandfathers are of the Manygoats Clan. Nikki received her Bachelors and Masters of Forestry from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a few years of post-graduate study at Michigan State University. For her undergraduate and Masters studies, she has worked extensively with the Cherokee Tribe of North Carolina, and has worked with various tribes including the Kaibab Paiute tribe. Prior to ITEP, Nikki has worked with the Merriam Powell Center for Environmental Research on a Climate Change Education Program, and at NAU Talent Search working with underrepresented, low-income, potential first generation college students at 10 middle and high schools in Northern Arizona.


In addition, as a river guide and cultural interpreter working on the Colorado River-Grand Canyon and San Juan River, Nikki is the co-founder of the Native American River Guide Training Program and Fifth World Discoveries, was the first Native American President and Vice-President of the Grand Canyon River Guides Association (GCRG), and is a former associate director of the Native Voices Program. She is very passionate about advocating for and education about the protection and preservation of the environment and its resources. Nikki thoroughly enjoys gardening, her Navajo language and culture, and spending time with her large extended family in the southwest and Iowa.


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