The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration 25th Annual Conference will take place November 17-19, 2022 at St. Edward’s University, located at 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704. All general and concurrent sessions will take place on campus, as well as the awards banquet on Friday, November 18th. Off-site field trip and workday options will take place on Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Poster presentations and a networking mixer will be held on Thursday evening. Budget-friendly lodging will be available at the Wyndham Garden Inn (link below). 

For more information on attending and/or participating in the conference please email

In addition to our keynote address and plenary sessions, this year’s conference will include an afternoon of concurrent sessions with presentations on research and practice from around the state.

See conference schedule HERE


Dr. Maria-Elena Giner, P.E.


President Joe Biden in August 2021 appointed Maria-Elena Giner to serve as the United States Commissioner of the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico. Dr. Giner, the second woman and first Latina to hold the post, previously served as General Manager of the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), an institution that developed environmental infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border in association with the North American Development Bank. During her tenure at the BECC, she focused on policies that addressed U.S.-Mexico cooperation on water, energy, and climate change.

Dr. Giner is well regarded among state agencies and local communities in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and the six Mexican border states. With the support of the BECC staff, she led the development and financing of $9 billion in environmental infrastructure, benefitting about 100 communities and over 10 million residents. In addition, she has published extensively on water policy and transboundary bilateral cooperation. Dr. Giner’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a registered professional engineer, first-generation college graduate, and daughter of an immigrant. Dr. Giner is from the border region and attended Loretto Academy High School in El Paso, Texas. She is bicultural and bilingual.

The International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the two countries and settling differences that arise in their application. The Commission operates and maintains flood control levees, international storage reservoirs, diversion dams, wastewater treatment plants, and boundary monuments at various locations on the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition to its Headquarters in El Paso, Texas, the U.S. Section has offices at San Diego, California; Nogales and Yuma, Arizona; Las Cruces, New Mexico; El Paso/American Dam, Ft. Hancock, Presidio, Del Rio/Amistad Dam, Laredo, Falcon Heights/Falcon Dam, and Mercedes in Texas; and Washington, DC.

Panel Discussions

Policy Panel Federal, state, and regional policy impacts environmental regulations which directly affect what we as restoration practitioners and research can accomplish on the ground. During this policy session we will hear from leaders who shape and influence our environmental policy in the state of Texas. These include Dr. Kelly Burks-Copes, John Davis, Danielle Goshen, Matt McCaw, and Matt Stahman. 

Restoration 101 Panel An exploration of some basic ecological restoration principles, strategies and techniques. 

Call for Abstracts

The abstract submission window for presentations closes October 14th. The Abstract Submission Form linked here.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Help TXSER conserve and restore Texas’ natural resources by sponsoring the conference! Each sponsor plays an important role in advancing the field of restoration ecology in Texas. View the 2022 sponsorship packet and e-mail Treasure Hance, TXSER Conference Coordinator, at with any questions.

Conference Details 

Click here to view the full conference program! (coming soon)

We are proud to be a reduced waste conference – please refer to these materials on any internet-connected device, or feel free to print before the conference.

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 Friday and the awards banquet on Friday evening. All meals, snacks, and beverages on Friday are provided. If you wish to attend the Welcome Happy Hour and Poster Presentation on Thursday night and off site field trips you may add those at the time of registration. If you’d like to bring a guest to the Friday night Awards Banquet you may purchase a ticket through the registration. 

**Student conference registration includes everything in the regular conference registration, plus entry to the Thursday Welcome Happy Hour and Poster Presentation. If you need financial assistance, please contract for more information**

Please be sure to check every selection you wish to attend during the checkout process! The banquet dinner is included in all full conference registration tickets. The field trips and happy hours are add-ons. 

Regular Member Conference Registration (after October 7, 2022) $275
Regular Non-Member Conference Registration (after October 7, 2022) $375
Student Conference Registration $125
Discounted Hotel Lodging at the Wyndham Garden Inn. Click here to book.  $119
FIELD TRIP Restoration of Waller Creek on the University of Texas Dell Medical School campus, Thursday 11/17, 1pm-4pm $15
FIELD TRIP Lunch and Learn Tour: Restoration of the Underground Frontier, Thursday 11/17, 9am-1:30pm *lunch provided $35
FIELD TRIP Restoration for Water Quality and Quantity : Visit to the Water Quality Protection Lands, Austin’s best kept secret! Thursday 11/17, 9am-1pm $15
FIELD TRIP Vireo Preserve, Thursday 11/17, 9am-12pm $15
FIELD TRIP The Trail Foundation, Saturday 11/19, 9am-11am $15
FIELD TRIP Restoration & Conservation Research at Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Saturday 11/19, 11am-2pm Free
Thursday Happy Hour and Poster Presentation (included in student registration) $25
Thursday Happy Hour and Poster Presentation Guest Only. Purchase tickets here. $25
Guest Ticket for Friday Night Awards Banquet (attendee ticket included in registration) $30

Field Trips

For more info on Thursday & Saturday Field Trips click below. A portion of the fees will go toward student scholarships. 



Thursday Evening

Happy Hour & Poster Presentations

We’re kicking off the conference with a casual happy hour and poster presentations. Food and beverages will be provided. 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. See ticketing information for cost and location. Guests are welcome to attend. For individual guest tickets (not attending the conference) click link here. 

Friday Evening

Join us for our awards banquet ceremony and dinner on campus. Dinner and drinks will be provided with your registration. 


We have a room block at the Wyndham Garden Inn at I35 and Woodward St, a 12 minute walk to St. Edward’s University. 

**REFUNDS for registration SER processes credit card refunds from our providers (BluePay or Paypal). All refunds are subject to a $30 processing fee.

Thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting this event!


Charlotte Reemts | Ingrid Karklins | Kerri Crawford | Amy Concillo

Ryan Fikes | Kelly Lyons | Gabriela Sosa | Matt McCaw | William Forbes | Brandon Belcher

Jamie Baker-Slye