Society for Ecological Restoration

Texas Chapter 


    Restoration Update                           July, 2017

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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.

(position open)


Executive Director

Gwen Thomas




(972) 768-8067 

2017 Conference
Nov. 10-12, 2017
Univ. of North Texas
Denton, TX

Visit: for conference details.

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:
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South Rio Grande Valley
TXSER Newsflash


It is a great honor to announce that two TXSER Members, one of whom serves on our Board of Directors, have completed SER's  Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner's Program  in the very first class.

Ingrid Karklins, Ecologist with Environmental Survey Consulting in Austin and TXSER's Central Texas Representative, has completed SER's  Certificate in Ecological Restoration - Practitioner-in-Training (CERPIT).

Lynde Dodd, Research Biologist with the US Army Corps of Engineers at the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility, has completed SER's Certificate in Ecological Restoration - Practitioner (CERP).

We are very proud to have a strong Texas showing in the first certification class.  Way to go Ingrid and Lynde!

The next application period for CERP and CERPIT runs from July 17th - September 15th.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, click on the link above which will take you to SER's certification information page.  

Should you wish to have additional information, you may also contact Gwen Thomas at and she will put you in touch with Ingrid or Lynde to learn about the details of the program.  


Board Nominations - Northern Coastal Representative

TXSER is seeking nominations to fill a recently vacated seat on our Board of Directors representing the Northern Coastal Region. We are looking for someone with coastal restoration expertise who would enjoy working with a great Board of committed restoration professionals.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested in being nominated for this position, please send a short note to our Board Secretary, Matt McCaw, at  Please include a brief description of their background and qualifications as well as their contact information.  
Conference Update

TXSER 2017 Annual Conference:
Resilience & Connectivity at Our Roots
University of North Texas, Denton
November 10-12, 2017

Conference Registration Is Open!

We have lots of exciting indoor and outdoor activities planned allowing for opportunities to network with colleagues, get your hands dirty on restoration activities, and learn.  Check out our conference website for the many details at:

Sneak Peek:  The City of Lewisville and the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) are hosting a BBQ Picnic on the Prairie, Friday, November 10th at 5:30pm. Our friend and colleague, Bob Monaghan, recently retired from his position as Director of the City of Lewisville's Department of Parks and Recreation AND competitive bar-b-que Chef, will be treating us to a BBQ extravaganza - Picnic on the Prairie.  The Friday evening events will include:

1.   Student and Young Professionals' Roundtable Under the Stars - an opportunity to meet and speak with professionals working in multiple sectors in the restoration field.

2.  Friday Night Social - Gather and re/connect with old friends and new.

3.  BBQ Picnic on the Prairie - A unique opportunity to enjoy an expertly prepared BBQ on the Blackland Prairie.

4.   Campfire, Stars & Chorus Frogs - Sit by the fire, gaze at the stars, listen to the sounds of chorus frogs, insects, and other prairie wildlife settle down for the night.

Call for Abstracts:   Presentation and paper abstract submission deadline is Friday, September 22nd.  Please follow the link for abstract submission instructions.

Join us in Denton November 10-12, 2017!
Restoration Reads

1.   Toward Prediction in the Restoration of Biodiversity - In practice, restoration is unpredictable with much variation in outcomes.  Author, Lars A. Brudvig, addresses how we turn restoration ecology into a truly predictive science.  Article in the Journal of Applied Ecology, July 14, 2017.

2.   Restoring U.S Forests Can Help Solve Our Water Infrastructure Crisis - One step to shore up our human-made water infrastructure is to restore the forests that offer natural infrastructure support.  Bill Richardson, former Governor of new Mexico and President of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, discusses new solutions for encouraging forest restoration investment.

3.   Recreating Forests of the Past Isn't Enough to Fix Our Wildfire Problem - Stephen Pyne from Arizona State University looks at the "intellectual and institutional mashup, the paradox of a managed wildfire."  

Comments, thoughts, opinions on any of the above articles... send them to Gwen Thomas as and we will print them in our next newsletter.
News You Can Use

1.  Teaming with Wildlife:  True to Texas, Summer Newsletter   - In case you missed it, TXSER was spotlighted in TWW: TTT's quarterly newsletter.

2.  The Business of Ecological Restoration - A colleague at the University of Montana is conducting a study on businesses that are involved in ecological restoration (including remediation).  If you own, manage, or work for such a business, we encourage you to take his survey.  Your input will help shed light on how companies navigate the complexities of ecological restoration.

3.  Restoration Webinar - Wetland Restoration:  Contemporary Issues and Lessons Learned - Marla Stelk, Association of State Wetland Managers, presents findings and recommendations from a two years study on barriers to wetland restoration.

4.  New Grassland Restoration Manual Available - Downloadable from the University of California Davis and the University of California Cooperative Extension Service.

5.  Restoration Atlas - Track NOAA restoration projects in your state.  Search by project, habitat type, location, congressional district...

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2016 & 2017 Annual Conferences!!





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The Texas Society for Ecological Restoration connects

scientists, practitioners, and policy-makers to restore Texas ecosystems

and the vital services they provide.   


 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!