Texas Tech University

Aridlands Conference 2018

Program Details

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Additional Information:

Evening at the Museum

The Museum of Texas Tech University has graciously agreed to co-sponsor the conference by hosting the evening event between 6-8 pm on the 13th of August. The Museum is closed to the general public at that time. The evening's events will include our poster session, access to the Museum with emphasis on two special exhibits focused on arid lands, and a no-host reception. The museum is located at 3301 4th Street, Lubbock, TX 79415, on the edge of campus and next to the International Cultural Center, where the rest of the Conference will be located.

Poster session

Presenters are invited to hang their posters starting at 5:45 pm. Poster boards will be provided, and so will push-pins. Each poster needs to be vertical in orientation (longer than it is wide). Please make sure that each poster is no wider that 36 inches / 90 cm and no longer than 48 inches / 125 cm. If you have already printed a poster that has different dimensions, please contact Gad Perry (Gad.Perry@ttu.edu) as soon as possible so we can plan to accommodate you. We ask that presenters plan to spend the time between 7-8 pm by their poster, so other attendees can discuss the work with them. Please plan on taking down your poster at 8 pm, as the museum galleries have to be ready for regular visitors the next morning.

Special exhibits

Information about our venue, the Museum of Texas Tech University, is available here. In addition to their regular exhibits, two special displays are perfectly timed to coincide with our conference. Grasslands of North America and Africa uses taxidermy specimens, photographs, and videos to illustrate the kinds of mammalian biodiversity present in grasslands. Topics that have the potential to have a major interest to the Lubbock community and conference participants, such as dustbowls, biodiversity in a monoculture agricultural system verses biodiversity in a grassland, the role of hunting, and the official Texas bison herd, are presented in order for our visitors to learn more about our local grasslands and what they can do to help preserve and promote grassland conservation. More about the exhibit can be found here.

The Art and Science of Restoration Ecology is the result of a unique collaboration between two Texas Tech University faculty, one a restoration ecologist and the other from the School of Art. It examines the way a graduate art and an ecology course combined to develop an understanding of how art can help to encourage the process of ecological restoration and how ecological restoration can be an inspiration for art. Both professors and their students will be on hand to discuss the project. More about the exhibit can be found here.


A variety of hors d'oeuvre and non-alcoholic drinks will be offered during the event. This will be an informal, no-host opportunity for conference attendees to mix and discuss shared interests.

Contact Us:

Participating: To participate, submit a title (up to 20 words), abstract (up to 250 words), session of interest, and contact information to: Dr. Gad Perry (Gad.Perry@ttu.edu) by 25 June 2018.