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Christmas Mountains Research Symposium

Christmas Mountains


Christmas Mountains Research Symposium
May 22-24, 2017 
Terlingua Ranch Headquarters, Brewster County, Texas


(Note: The next symposium will be scheduled for May 2018.)

Symposium 2017: The objective of the Christmas Mountains Research Symposium is to increase public and scientific understanding of the ecology, geology, culture and history of the Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem in the Big Bend region of Texas and Mexico.

Our fourth annual two-day symposium will highlight research by students and faculty from campuses in the Texas State University System, but welcomes contributions from researchers at other universities, federal and state agency personnel, and residents of the area who have investigated aspects of the region’s ecology, geology, culture and history. Presenters should plan to give a 15-minute talk followed by five minutes of questions and discussion. PowerPoint presentations will be supported, but are not required.

The symposium will begin with an evening social on Monday, May 23. Each of the two following days will have field trips scheduled in the morning and presentations scheduled for the afternoon. The symposium will close with dinner on Wednesday evening, May 25. Participants may wish to depart on Thursday, May 26, but are welcome to stay and spend more time exploring the area on their own. A registration fee of $40 will cover the social, dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, daily refreshments, etc. Individuals wishing to attend the social, field trips, and paper sessions, but not the evening meals, may register for $10.

Those wishing to make a presentation should submit an abstract by May 6, 2017. Each abstract submission should indicate the general topic area (ecology, geology, culture, history, etc.) and include the title of the talk, authors’ names (with the speaker listed first) and a description of the main points of the talk not to exceed 350 words. Please plan your presentation for a general audience consisting of scientists from a variety of disciplines, as well as interested individuals from the community. Registration for the symposium is limited to 80 participants due to space constraints. Registrations must be submitted by May 6, 2017 and payment may be made by most major credit cards.

Accommodations at Terlingua Ranch include 32 motel-style cabin rooms (two double beds), RV hookups, and campsites. Visit Terlingua Ranch for more information on facilities and rates. Email the ranch front desk or call 432.371.3146 for reservations. The Ranch is offering a 25 percent discount from their usual rates if you mention that you will be participating in the Christmas Mts. Symposium at the time you make your reservation. There are also other motel options, bed-and-breakfast accommodations and house and cabin rentals in the general area. The Bad Rabbit Café, a full-service restaurant, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Christmas Mountains Research Symposium is hosted by the four universities of the Texas State University System: Texas State University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, and Lamar University.

For more information, feel free to contact the symposium organizers, David Lemke (david.lemke@txstate.edu) or Michael Huston (hustonma@txstate.edu).

Abstract Submission Form

Registration Portal

Programs from the previous symposia can be downloaded here:

2013 Symposium
2014 Symposium
2015 Symposium
2016 Symposium