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The Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference is a professional level meeting including keynotes, concurrent sessions, posters, and symposia designed to serve scientists, land managers, state and federal agencies, local governments, and other professionals with an interest in Texas' invasive species.

The Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Conference was held February 26-28, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. The conference was co-hosted by the Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council, the Marine Science Institute and the Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.

2014 Conference Participants

Pre-conference Essentials

Conference Essentials

Summary Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Travel Day and Pre-Conference Work Party/Open House.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Plenary, TIPPC Business Meeting, Exhibitors, Concurrent Sessions.
  • Thursday, February 27, 2014 - Concurrent Sessions, Exhibitors, Report from Session Chairs, Awards Banquet.
  • Friday, February 28, 2014 (Half day) - Field trips and workshops.          

Conference Abstracts

CLICK HERE to view the submitted abstracts for the 2014 Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Conference.

Conference Goals

  • Foster statewide collaboration among those who share in the common goal of protecting Texas from the threat of invasive species;
  • Provide a venue for sharing information about prevention, early detection, control and management, information management, and research; and
  • Raise public awareness of the problems posed by invasive species in the state of Texas.

Conference Features

  • Plenary sessions featuring recognized speakers
  • Concurrent sessions addressing coordination, prevention, early detection, management and research
  • Over $6,000 in student awards and travel grants
  • Trade exhibits and poster sessions
  • Half day of field trips and workshops
  • Awards banquet

Student Awards and Travel Grants

To encourage student participation in the statewide Invasive Species Conference, the following awards will be made at the Banquet and Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening February 27, 2014. All student presentations are automatically included in the Awards competition. Student Travel Grants require an application.

  • 1st ($500) and 2nd ($250) place for best oral presentation in each of the six session topics.
  • 1st ($500), 2nd ($250) and 3rd ($100) place for best student poster.
  • Ten $150 Student Travel Grants (includes conference registration).

Who Attended?

  • Land management specialists from local, state, and federal agencies, including municipal, regional, state and federal parks.
  • Environmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Native Plant Society, Audubon, Land Conservancies, Land Trusts, etc.
  • Researchers and students from State University systems and private colleges.
  • Companies servicing restoration and weed removal projects including equipment manufacturers, GPS providers, herbicide producers, and landscape architects.
  • Anyone with an interest in invasive species in Texas.



Past Conferences

2005 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2007 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2009 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2014 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2016 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference
2018 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference