Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


      Restoration Field Notes                December, 2016

In This Issue





Quick Links



Board of Directors 



Kelly Lyons


Vice President

Katherine Crosthwaite



Matthew McCaw



Colin Shackelford


North Texas Rep.

Michelle Villafranca


East Texas Rep.

William Forbes


South Texas Rep.

Forrest Smith


West Texas Rep.

Charlotte Reemts


Central Texas Rep.

Ingrid Karklins


S. Coastal Texas Rep.

Alejandro Fierro Cabo


N. Coastal Texas Rep.

Bradley Hoge


Chapter Director

Gwen Thomas





(972) 768-8067 


Employment Opportunities 
& More
For up-to-date announcements of positions open in ecological restoration and environmental science,
visit our website at:
Job Postings

We also post a wide range of articles on ecological restoration issues as well as job and volunteer opportunities on our Facebook page at:
TXSER Facebook Page
South Rio Grande Valley
TXSER 2016 Year-End Review: 
Message from TXSER's Outgoing President

TXSER wrapped up another successful conference last month.  It was a great opportunity to spend time in a relaxed atmosphere, thinking and learning about restoration.  The annual TXSER conference is one of the highlights of my year.  

As I wrap up my last term as TXSER President, I'm optimistic about our future.  Restoration is something that average citizens can understand and appreciate, especially if we take the time to get them into our sites and share our enthusiasm.  I will continue to participate on the TXSER board, now as West Texas Representative, and I am confident that our new leaders will continue to help the organization grow and thrive.  

I hope that you will all take some time during the holiday season to spend time with friends and family in an ecosystem that you love. There is nothing that refreshes and inspires more!
Charlotte Reemts

Charlotte Reemts
TXSER Board President (outgoing)
Research & Monitoring Ecologist
The Nature Conservancy

We are grateful to Charlotte for her her 4 years serving as the President of TXSER's Board of Directors.  Charlotte contributed countless hours to the organization during a time of growth and change.  Under her leadership, we developed the organization's capacity and responsiveness, and improved our networking, communication and collaboration between scientists and practitioners.  We have all benefited from Charlotte's knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for restoration.

With deep appreciation,
TXSER Board of Directors
Member Spotlight
Alexis Baldera in her element.
Photo credit:  Jeffrey Dubinsky

Name:  Alexis Baldera

City:  Austin, Texas

Briefly describe your ongoing efforts/interest in ecological restoration.   I work on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster restoration efforts. I am a part of the science team at Ocean Conservancy. A lot of my work is to ensure that the best available science is incorporated into restoration policy. Right now I am leading a project to determine ecological indicators to track restoration progress across restoration projects and programs.

Briefly describe if, and how, climate change has affected your work.   Climate change is something I think about a lot when recommending different restoration projects. It needs to be considered when selecting projects to try and select those projects that either enhance resiliency or will still be relevant as sea level rises.
Beach Evening Primrose(Oenothera drummondii)  Photo credit:  W.D. & Dolphia Bransford,
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Describe your favorite outdoor activity.  
I love anything on a boat. Whether it is kayaking or canoeing in lakes and rivers, or traveling along the coast. I love being on the water.

What is your favorite Texas plant and/or animal?   Beach evening primrose (Oenothera drummondii) is one of my favorite plants to see on  the beach. It stands out among the sand and vegetation and is so beautiful and delicate.
News You Can Use

1.   International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration  - Published December, 2016 by SER.  Downloadable.

2.  Texas Land Trends Data Tool - From Texas A&M IRNR, an innovative and interactive way the public can track land changes in Texas.

3.  USDA/NRCS Web Soil Survey - Latest version - 3.2 - of the web-based application that provides soils information, data and soil survey maps.  Downloadable.

4.  Water Security Indicator Model - Global model that monitors and forecasts water anomalies.  

5.  Global Human Settlement Data Set - From The European Commission, global spatial information describing human presence on the planet.

6.  Biodiversity Monitoring Manual - From GIZ, a biodiversity manual that provides numerous resources to aid in the assessment of natural resource health over time.  Downloadable.

A Heartfelt Thanks to the Following Organizations & Individuals for their Generous Support  of our
2016 Annual Conference - Linking Science & Practice!!





Charlotte Reemts & Katherine Crosthwaite

Please Take a Moment to Click on the Above Logos
& Check Out Our Sponsors' Websites.


The Society for Ecological Restoration, Texas Chapter promotes ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and

re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. 



 Become a member today!                            Click Here to Join Us! 


Join the Texas Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration.  Chapter members receive valuable benefits including:

  • the opportunity to network with restoration practitioners and enthusiasts;
  • discounts to our Annual Conference, an opportunity to share and learn;
  • invitations to attend talks, ER Discussion Groups, and volunteer workdays around the state; and,
  • monthly updates and quarterly newsletters with articles and notices about regional events that allow you to connect to the local restoration community.

Chapter membership fees of $15 support chapter administration.  The TXSER Board of Directors consists of volunteers who share a passion for furthering ecological restoration in Texas.


Joining SER links you with a global restoration network.  SER member benefits include:

  • SERNews bi-monthly newsletter;
  • discounts on journal publications;
  • discounts to SER World Conferences;
  • discounts on SER Career Center;
  • access to a searchable, online member directory;
  • access to SER's Global Restoration Network; and,
  • promotional opportunities through the SER Calendar of Events and Restoration Project Showcase.

To become a member visit:


Be sure to click the Texas Chapter as your Chapter Affiliate.  We look forward to having you join us!