Annual Conference

November 8-10, 2019 : University of Arizona : Tucson


Where practitioners, land managers, and scientists connect!
November 8-10, 2019

University of Arizona

ENR2 Building

1064 E Lowell St

Tucson, AZ 85719

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Learn from practitioners and researchers in the ecological restoration community


The SER Southwest (SW) Chapter was formed in 2011 to facilitate communication and encourage coordination amongst land managers, researchers, and restorationists working in the southwestern United States, where minimal and variable precipitation presents unique challenges for the restoration of degraded ecosystems.


The SW Chapter’s mission is to foster a network of resource specialists with interest and expertise in restoring desert and other arid ecosystems and to promote the exchange of knowledge, awareness, and collaborative opportunities as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.

We expect around 200 attendees, keynote speakers who will inspire, talks from your colleagues, a poster session, organized symposia covering hot topics, workshops for skill sharing, and field tours. 



Congressman Raúl Grijalva (AZ 3rd District)
Member House Committee on Natural Resources:
Ranking member of public lands and environmental regulations subcommittee
The keynote speech is scheduled for
November 8 from 9-10am

Symposia, Workshops & More

This year we have a number of educational symposia and workshop opportunities for skill-sharing and so much more!


Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors:



Oral Presentations

Presentations will be held on both Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th in ENR2. Presentations will be 20 minutes total. Please keep your presentation to 15 minutes so that there are several minutes at the end for questions. There will be a timekeeper in each session to ensure that speakers do not go over their allotted time.

Prepare your talk in Powerpoint or PDF and bring on a thumb drive. To upload your talk: go to your presentation room before your session (in the morning or at a break). Name your presentation beginning with your last name and place it in the appropriate session folder on the computer desktop. 

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will occur from 5-8pm in the courtyard of ENR2 on Friday, November 8th. You will be able to put up your poster anytime on the 8th after 330pm. The poster session will be accompanied by a host bar, appetizers and a raffle. Please keep your poster to a maximum of 3ft x 3ft. We highly encourage our presenters to print out ‘handout’ sized copies of your poster to give to attendees.


Call for presentations, symposia, panels and workshops on any topic related to restoration, management, or conservation of natural areas in the Southwest Chapter ecoregions.


For presentations: Submit an abstract using the guidelines, below.

For panels or workshops: Submit a summary proposal with information regarding special requirements for space and time. For symposia: Include a symposia summary, any special instructions for space and time, and abstracts for all talks.

Each talk (including symposia) will be 20 minutes: 15 minutes for presentation + 5 for questions.



Please include the following information:  

  • Title 

  • Abstract – not to exceed 250 words 

  • Author(s) – add an asterisk before the last name of the presenting author 

  • Author affiliations 

  • Email and phone number for presenting author 

  • Presentation type (poster, talk, symposia, panel, or workshop)


Abstracts & proposals should be submitted in an MS Word document to:

Authors will be notified of status of submission approval by September 10.


Submission approvals provided by September 10, 2019

UPDATE (9/13/19): We are no longer accepting oral presentation abstracts. You may submit an abstract for a poster.

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