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SKU: 2020 - TPCC Registration
Description: The Texas Plant Conservation Conference is a professional-level meeting featuring keynotes, lectures, posters, and symposia that serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, and other professionals with an interest in plant conservation in Texas and adjacent regions. The conference takes place every other fall.<br><span style="white-space:pre"> </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">●&nbsp;</span>Day 1 Regular Sessions – Thursday, August 13, 8 am – 5 pm (includes breakfast and lunch)<BR><span style="white-space:pre"> </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">●&nbsp;</span>Poster Session and Awards Dinner – Thursday, August 13, 5 pm – 8 pm (includes dinner and drinks)<BR><span style="white-space:pre"> </span><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;">●&nbsp;</span>Day 2 Regular Sessions – Friday, August 14, 8 am – 5 pm (includes breakfast and lunch)
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Whole Conference (Days 1-2 + Poster Reception)Day One Sessions Only (Thursday, August 13-Daytime)Poster Reception Only (Thursday, August 13-Evening)Day Two Sessions Only (Friday, August 14)


Conference attendees explore current research and conservation projects on rare plants, native plant communities, plant monitoring methods, and plant management practices for native Texas plants.

This conference is ideal for conservation organizations, agencies, academics and members of the public interested in native plant conservation. Highlights include keynote and plenary lectures, two days of talks, poster presentations, evening social events and field trips.


Abstract Submission Now Open

We are currently accepting abstract submissions. The deadline for all presentation abstracts is May 15, 2020. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, research involving conservation of rare and endemic plants, plant biogeography, genetics, demographics, reproduction, population biology, plant ecology, education and outreach activities, and public involvement in plant conservation.

Presenters may choose between the following types of presentations:

● Oral Presentations: 15-minute oral presentation best suited for talks discussing new techniques, approaches, tools, networks or other topics which impact conservation across the state.
● Lightning Talks: 5-minute oral presentation best suited for specific projects with concise research objectives. These abbreviated presentations should not try to present the full methodology and results of a project, but instead, provide a concise overview with emphasis on the broader impacts for plant conservation. Talks seeking feedback about upcoming projects and ideas, major difficulties, or preliminary results are encouraged. Student presentations are also encouraged.
● Poster Presentations: Poster to be showcased during the poster session on August 13th. Poster presenters are encouraged to deliver a lighting talk about their project as well.


Oral Presentations and Lightning Talks

● Projection system and computer will be provided.● Presenters will be required to load their presentation on the computer prior to the start of their assigned session.


Poster Presentations

● Posters must fit in a 4’×4’ space.
● The Local Committee will provide necessary supplies to hang the posters.
● Posters must be set up at the start of the conference on August 13 and be taken down at the end of the conference.


Preparation of Abstracts

● Save abstract in a word document
● Indicate the presentation type (Oral, Lighting, or Poster)
● List presentation title in English
● List author(s) and affiliation(s)
● If there are multiple authors, indicate the presenting author with an underline
● Use numbers to identify institutional affiliations
● Abstract limited to 250 words

E-mail Abstracts (Subject: TPCC Abstract) to conservation@brit.org


Presentation Type: Lightning
Update on the Status of the Federally Petitioned Species Schoenoplectiella hallii (Cyperaceae) in Texas
Kim Taylor¹, Haley Rylander², Bob O’Kennon¹
¹Botanical Research Institute of Texas
²Cornell University

Abstract - Schoenoplectiella halli (Gray) S.G. Sm. is an annual sedge in the Cyperaceae family with a rounded conservation status of G2 occurring in very sparse and scattered populations across the Eastern and Midwestern United States. Schoenoplectiella hallii is typically found in ephemeral ponds or other fluctuating shorelines with little perennial competition, and entire populations are known to disappear for decades at a time only to reemerge in staggering numbers. There is only one known population in Texas in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grasslands. Unlike other populations, this population remains year after year and occurs in a different climate than all other known sites. At the LBJ site population size, GPS coordinates, and the state (fertile, sterile, dead) of each plant was recorded and habitat surveys were completed. This data was used to further characterize the habitat and associates of S. hallii and to assess the current conservation status of the species in Texas. We also compared our data to information on the species in other states and determined what makes Texas an ideal habitat for S. hallii and what the national outlook for the species may be in the future.

Questions? Contact Erin Flinchbaugh, Conservation Program Assistant, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX.

Conference organizers wish to encourage wide participation from a diverse audience and will make every attempt to address accessibility needs. If you have specific accessibility concerns, please contact us at conservation@brit.org.

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