TPCC Schedule of Events

Point of Contact

Kim Norton Taylor

Conservation Research Botanist

Summary Schedule of Events:

**The full program is now available here. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Regular Session
8:00 am                 Registration
8:30                       Welcome
9:00                       Keynote address by Jennifer Ceska, Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance
10:00                     Break
10:30                     Innovator talks
12:00 pm              Lunch
1:00                       Workshops
3:00                       Break
3:30                       Lightning talks

Poster Reception
5:00-8:00 pm          Poster session and awards dinner

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Regular Session
8:00 am                 Registration
8:30                       Innovator talks
10:00                     Break
10:30                     Innovator talks
11:00                     Tours
12:00 pm              Lunch
1:00                       Lightning talks
1:45                       Working Groups
3:00                       Break
3:30                       Working Groups
5:00                       Closing remarks

Friday, September 21, 2018

8 am-5 pm           IUCN Red List Assessment Training



Workshops will occur during the Day 1 Regular Session (Wednesday, Sept. 19). These two-hour workshops will be focused on enhancing skills important for conservation. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of the workshops below.

1. The Armchair Botanist: Engaging the Online Community to Improve our Knowledge of the Texas Flora

Instructors: Jason Best (BRIT), Tiana Rehman (BRIT)

While more than 3 million botanical specimens exist in Texas herbaria, only a small fraction of these are digitally accessible for observation or inclusion in scientific studies. Producing images of these specimens is often the first step in liberating these data; the second step is engaging our citizen science community to help us extract the label information from these images. We’ll explore the different citizen science projects and platforms that are helping herbaria in Texas compile specimen data then we'll dive in to the transcription process. We’ll model how you might lead your own transcription blitz, liberating your own specimens or those from any other herbarium. Bring your computer and join us as we extract data from historical Texas specimens and do some virtual botanizing!

2. Seven Stages for Banking Seeds of Native Texas Flora

Instructors: Minnette Marr (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center), Anita Tiller (Mercer Botanic Gardens), Suzzanne Chapman (Mercer Botanic Gardens)

The Millennium Seedbank Project Standards and Center for Plant Conservation Ex Situ Plant Conservation Protocols offer guidance for long-term conservation of seeds. Workshop participants will learn how Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Mercer Botanic Gardens address each of the seven stages of seed conservation. Following hands-on activities with wildflower seeds, we will compare protocols for collecting species of greatest conservation need to protocols for collecting ecotypes of workhorse species. Then we will review techniques for processing the accessions with the help of volunteers, preparing seeds for storage, monitoring viability of seeds, managing the data, and distributing seeds for restoration and research projects. The workshop will end with a discussion of assessing and mitigating risks associated with natural disasters. Handouts will include the MSBP Standards, the Seeds of Success Field Data Form, the Texas Natural Diversity Database Reporting Form, and the Uniform Biological Transfer Agreement. Participants are encouraged to bring a small pocket knife with scissors, a pint container with a tight lid and a smart phone or tablet.

3. Developing conservation banks for orchid mycorrhizae and seeds in Texas: concept and methods

Instructor: Dr. Jyotsna Sharma, Texas Tech University (TTU)

Orchids represent 10% of all angiosperm flora on the planet and are some of the most threatened plant species. Their unique biology and ecology demands equally unique and creative conservation measures. To safeguard the >50 species that occur in Texas, a partnership of Texas Tech University, BRIT, and NAOCC intends to establish mycorrhizal and seed banks to contribute to global and local biodiversity conservation. Workshop participants will be trained in sampling orchid root tissues and seeds by following protocols that ensure non-destructive, ethical, and timely collection. Instructions for sending materials to scientists at TTU and BRIT will be given, and other relevant topics will be discussed to help volunteers contribute to this mission.

4. Grass Identification

Instructors: BRIT staff

Feeling “glumey” due to poor grass ID skills? Then join BRIT staff for a refresher course on grass anatomy and grass identification tips and tricks. Grasses are dominant species in many Texas ecoregions, and accurately identifying them is important to vegetation assessments and community analyses. How can we conserve Texas plants if we can’t properly describe and define the communities in which they are found? Workshop will include hands-on dissections and microscope work.

5. Herbarium and/or Library Access

The BRIT herbarium and library will be open for use by appointment only during the two-hour workshop time. If you would like to access either the library or herbarium during this period in place of a workshop please select this option. Space is very limited. To ensure your spot please email Kim Taylor at, indicate which facility you would like to access and your reason for access.


Working Groups

Working Groups will occur during the Day 2 Regular Session (Thursday, Sept. 20). Working groups will focus on addressing conservation issues within the indicated topic, with an emphasis on addressing targets within the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

1. Documenting Plant Diversity

This group will address Objective 1 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Objective I: Plant diversity is well understood, documented and recognized

  • Target 1: An online flora of all known plants.
  • Target 2: An assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, as far as possible, to guide conservation action.
  • Target 3: Information, research and associated outputs, and methods necessary to implement the Strategy developed and shared.

2. Ex Situ Conservation

This group will address targets 4, 5, 6 and 10 within Objective 2 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved

  • Target 4: At least 15 per cent of each ecological region or vegetation type secured through effective management and/or restoration.
  • Target 5: At least 75 per cent of the most important areas for plant diversity of each ecological region protected with effective management in place for conserving plants and their genetic diversity.
  • Target 6: At least 75 per cent of production lands in each sector managed sustainably, consistent with the conservation of plant diversity.
  • Target 7: At least 75 per cent of known threatened plant species conserved in situ.
  • Target 10: Effective management plans in place to prevent new biological invasions and to manage important areas for plant diversity that are invaded.

3. In Situ Conservation

This group will address targets 7 and 8 within Objective 2 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved

  • Target 8: At least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent available for recovery and restoration programmes.

4. Sustainable Use of Wild Flora

This group will address target 9 within Objective 2 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, as well as targets 11-13 within Objective 3.

Objective II: Plant diversity is urgently and effectively conserved

  • Target 9: 70 per cent of the genetic diversity of crops including their wild relatives and other socio-economically valuable plant species conserved, while respecting, preserving and maintaining associated indigenous and local knowledge.

Objective III: Plant diversity is used in a sustainable and equitable manner

  • Target 11: No species of wild flora endangered by international trade.
  • Target 12: All wild harvested plant-based products sourced sustainably.
  • Target 13: Indigenous and local knowledge innovations and practices associated with plant resources, maintained or increased, as appropriate, to support customary use, sustainable livelihoods, local food security and health care.

5. Conservation Outreach and Capacity Building

This group will address Objectives 4 and 5 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Objective IV: Education and awareness about plant diversity, its role in sustainable livelihoods and importance to all life on earth is promoted

  • Target 14: The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, education and public awareness programmes.

Objective V: The capacities and public engagement necessary to implement the Strategy have been developed

  • Target 15: The number of trained people working with appropriate facilities sufficient according to national needs, to achieve the targets of this Strategy.
  • Target 16: Institutions, networks and partnerships for plant conservation established or strengthened at national, regional and international levels to achieve the targets of this Strategy.


IUCN Red List Assessment Training

This special session will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 from 8 am to 5 pm. Become an official Red List Assessor for your specialty region or taxonomic group! George E. Schatz of the Missouri Botanical Garden/IUCN Species Survival Commission will provide training, and participating botanists will evaluate several plant species for Red List submission. As botanists and conservationists, we can participate in an important global biodiversity initiative and contribute to international conservation goals by conducting Red List assessments of the species that we know best. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is important because it allows us to evaluate the risk of extinction for any given species, providing open-source data that can be used for research, funding, and conservation prioritization. The workshop will be a full day. Prior to the workshop, participants will be required to complete online training in Red List assessment methodology, and come prepared with data on their species, including occurrences, population size, and threats. The morning session will include a review of terms, categories, criteria, concepts, and some examples. In the afternoon session, participants will assess species on their own or in small groups with assistance from the workshop leader. By the end of the workshop, each participant should have a Red List assessment ready to submit to IUCN. 

Web Sites: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ( Online IUCN Red List Training Course (


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