The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration 24th Annual Conference will take place November 8-10, 2019 at Sea Star Base Galveston, located at 7509 Broadway St in Galveston, TX 77554. All general and concurrent sessions will take place at Sea Star Base Galveston, as well as the awards banquet on Saturday, November 9th. Off-site field trip and workday options will take place on Friday afternoon, followed by a networking mixer on Friday evening. Budget-friendly onsite lodging will be available at Sea Star Base, which you can add on to your conference registration. Scroll down to Conference Details for more information!
Dr. Anna Armitage will give the keynote address at the conference, “Revisiting the ‘Field of Dreams’ Hypothesis in Coastal Wetland Restoration.” Coastal wetland restoration typically focuses on the establishment of hydrology and plants, but will that yield ecologically successful restoration projects? In this keynote, Dr. Armitage follows the recovery of several coastal wetland restoration projects in Texas and discusses strategies to maximize the recovery of a diverse species assemblage and a range of ecosystem functions. Dr. Anna Armitage is a Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston. She completed her Ph.D. in Biology in 2003 at the University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Armitage is a broadly trained community ecologist with research interests in food webs and coastal habitat restoration. Her research includes the identification of ecologically successful restoration techniques in coastal habitats, including marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses.
Call for Abstracts
The abstract submission window for oral presentations closed September 20th. We are still tentatively accepting poster submissions at the Abstract Submission Form linked here.
To see the topics accepted for oral presentations at the conference, click here.
Help TXSER conserve and restore Texas’ natural resources by sponsoring the conference! Each sponsor plays and important role in advancing the field of restoration ecology in Texas by helping us to keep registration costs low for students. View the 2019 sponsorship packet and e-mail Julia Stanford, TXSER Conference Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We highly recommend becoming a SER and TXSER member if you aren’t already – doing so will grant you a $100 discount on regular registration costs (see table below)! To receive the member discount, make sure that you are logged in to your SER member account. If you forgot your login info or have any problems with your membership, please contact SER directly, as TXSER cannot troubleshoot these issues.
Regular conference registration includes all general and breakout sessions on Saturday, the awards banquet on Saturday, and the (n)ERD (Notorious Ecological Restoration Discussion) session on Sunday morning. All meals and snacks on Saturday are provided, as well as breakfast on Sunday. If you wish to attend the student/young professionals roundtable and Bayou Bash mixer on Friday night, the Friday afternoon workday at University of Houston Coastal Center, the Friday afternoon tour of The Nature Conservancy Texas City Prairie Preserve, or guest tickets to either of the evening events, you may add those at the time of registration.
Student conference registration includes everything in the regular conference registration, plus entry to the student/young professionals roundtable and Bayou Bash mixer on Friday night – all for just $125! If you wish to attend the Friday afternoon workday at University of Houston Coastal Center, the Friday afternoon tour of The Nature Conservancy Texas City Prairie Preserve, or guest tickets to either of the evening events, you may add those at the time of registration.
|Regular Member Conference Registration
(after September 13, 2019)
|Regular Non-Member Conference Registration
(after September 13, 2019)
|Student Conference Registration||$125|
|Suite Lodging for Friday & Saturday Night||$200|
|Dorm Lodging for Friday & Saturday Night||$100|
|Lunch-and-Learn/Restoration Workday: University of Houston Coastal Center||$20|
|Lunch-and-Learn/Tour: The Nature Conservancy Texas City Prairie Preserve||$35|
|Bayou Bash & Student/Young Professionals Roundtable (included in Student Registration)||$25|
|Guest Ticket for Bayou Bash or Awards Banquet||$25|
On-Site Lodging Options
As Sea Star Base Galveston is a facility for youth camps, they have ample lodging available on-site! Whether you’re looking for a campy communal experience or prefer to keep to yourself, we can offer economical on-site lodging to give you the conference experience you want. To learn more about the facilities at SSBG, visit their website.
The same weekend as the conference, there will be a large anime convention in Galveston. Many hotel rooms are already booked or prices have increased to reflect demand. Please keep this in mind as you make your lodging arrangements!
For $100, you can stay for Friday and Saturday night in a shared dormitory that sleeps up to 8. These rooms have 4 sets of twin bunk beds, lockers, and a desktop area. Behind a lockable door is a toilet and shower, for one person’s use at a time – no awkward walking around in a towel! Be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, or twin-size linens.
Private rooms are available for $200 (Friday and Saturday night included) in a suite arrangement – 5 private rooms share a communal kitchen/living area and single-person bathroom with a shower. Each room has 1-2 bunk beds in it, but for privacy only one person will occupy each room. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag and pillow, or twin-size linens. There are only a total of 25 suite rooms available, so save your spot early!
Dormitories may be mixed-gender, and no roommate assignments can be guaranteed. If you have any preferences or questions, please email Julia at email@example.com.
Restoration Workday at University of Houston Coastal Center
Learn about current restoration activities at the University of Houston Coastal Center while you enjoy lunch, then get your hands dirty with a restoration work project! Participants will meet at UHCC at 11:30am at 5721 Highway 2004, La Marque, TX 77568. Carpooling is encouraged. Lunch and tools for the workday will be provided, but please bring work gloves if you have a pair.
Tour of The Nature Conservancy Texas City Prairie Preserve
Learn about prairie management, TNC’s seed increase project, living shoreline restoration, and much more as you tour the Texas City Prairie Preserve. Lunch and a driving tour will be provided. Participants will meet at the preserve at 4702 Hwy.146 N., Texas City TX, 77590 at 11:30am. Carpooling is encouraged.
Mix and mingle at Bayou Bash, the Friday night social event for the 2019 TXSER conference. We’ll gather at the Solar Pavilion at Sea Star Base Galveston to enjoy food, drinks, games, and beautiful views of Offat’s Bayou. Food and beverages are included in ticket price. If you’re in the beginning stages of your career, come early at 6pm for a discussion with other students/young professionals and consider your future options with representatives from public, private, and academic sectors.
Dinner and drinks will be provided!
Thanks to our 2019 Conference sponsors!
Eastern Oyster ($1,000)
Lightning Whelk ($250)
In-Kind and Other Donors
Native Prairies Association of Texas – Fort Worth Chapter