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Welcome to SER's Webinar Library. Our programs include global experts from across academia and the applied field, and are presented by SER, regional chapters, and partners. Complimentary access to the webinar archive is included with SER membership. If you are not currently a member, please join us. Learn more about the benefits of membership here!


Each SER webinar is pre-approved for 1 CEC under the Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner program unless otherwise noted.


Note: You can find additional webinars and search by topic in SER's Restoration Resource Center.

 Positioning Scientists as Relevant and Respectful Partners in Restoration
September 2020

In this webinar, Dr. King discusses how the positionality of scientists and the authority of scientific knowledge must be considered in order to foster effective collaboration and engagement.


Generation Restoration - SER Student Associations
September 2020
Wilmar Ovares of UNED in Costa Rica, and Travis Sowards of Brighma Young University in the United States, discuss their SER student chapters: how they were started, their projects and activities, and where they see the clubs going in the future.

 International Seed Standards Launch, Introductory Webinar and International Panel Discussion
September 2020

This webinar provides an opportunity to learn from some of the authors of the Native Seed Standards. This is your chance to find out about the Seed Standards and what they mean for you.


Failing Forward and Lessons Learned
August 2020
During this webinar Jack Putz and Diane Humes will discuss projects of theirs that didn't go as planned, and the critical insights they learned over more than a decade.

 Environmental DNA: a cool new science that will benefit your ecological restoration
July 2020

In this webinar, three of Stantec's eDNA practitioners and restoration specialists share how they have been using eDNA for their projects, and where this science is taking them.


A discussion of findings from the 2020 Australian Native Seed Sector Report 
July 2020
Dr. Paul Gibson-Roy presents and discusses the findings of the 2020 Australian Native Seed Sector Report. He provides a background on Australia's native seed sector and presents the report's recommendations.

SER-WC Webinar: M.Sc. Projects
June 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Three recent graduates of the SFU/BCIT M.Sc. Ecological Restoration program discuss their Applied Research Projects: Kate O'Neill, Abby Wu, and Shantanu Dutt.


Principles of Riverscape Health & Low-Tech Process-Based Restoration  
June 2020
Joe Wheaton is an Associate Professor at Utah State and a fluvial geomorphologist. He leads us on an immersive journey into the reading of riverscapes and highlights six principles of low-tech process-based restoration of riparian ecosystems.

Fieldwork in the time of COVID-19
May 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Join a panel of practitioners to learn how they are adapting field work plans to reduce risks to practitioners and community members in the time of COVID 19.
Speakers are the following SER-NW chapter board members: Jeff Barna, Ben Peterson, and Regina Wandler.


 Selecting Native Plant Material for Restoration Projects in Different Ecosystems
May 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
Karma Bouazza discusses four case studies of native plant resource management and how restoration practitioners have overcome the challenges they face in these diverse regions.

Rebuilding a house of cards: Restoring the equilibrium in Indonesia's tropical peatland
May 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Indonesia’s tropical peatlands contain a critical reservoir of carbon, are a refuge to endangered mammals, and an important support for indigenous communities. Dr. Laura Graham presents a case study of a peat dome that is being restored by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.


Natural Processes for the Restoration of Drastically Disturbed Sites
May 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
Join Dave Polster as he discusses the restoration of drastically disturbed sites. Learn how we can take advantage of natural processes that have developed over millions of years to aid in the restoration of difficult-to-restore sites.

A Framework for Climate-smart Restoration
May 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Marian Vernon presents Point Blue Conservation Science's climate-smart restoration framework, which aims to guide ecological restoration in a manner that makes restored sites resilient to climate change. She demonstrates its use in planning and design with examples from various riparian and wetland systems.


Creating a restoration-based rural economy and reviving traditional ecological knowledge
April 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
This webinar, presented by Dr. Venkataraman, will present a case study from of a restoration project, managed by Junglescapes. Its objectives are to create alternate livelihoods for local communities based on ecological restoration and to revive the traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous group.

Diversity is Magic: Emerging issues in selecting appropriate native plants materials
April 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Dr. Tom Kaye discusses the selection of appropriate species and seeds for ecological restoration projects. The webinar includes recent research on the local adaptation, regional seed mixtures, the landscape context, and innovative species selection strategies and tools.


Natural Stable Channel Design
April 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
Since the year 2000, Houston has endured 10 storm events greater than the statistical 100-year precipitation event. The Harris County Flood Control District has been responsible for providing flood protection to this area and have adopted a naturalized engineering approach in their storm water management projects.  Join Mr. Lee Forbes as he discusses his experiences with Natural Stable Channel Design.

Interim Reforestation of Soil Stockpiles
April 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

This webinar will present an alternative approach to conventional soil stockpile management, the interim (or temporary) reforestation of soil stockpiles. In 2015, a case study was initiated on 8 hectares of an in-situ facility soil stockpile. An overview of the operational activities and findings during the first four growing seasons will be presented by Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker.


Community Restoration in Utqiagvik, AK
April 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
Lorene Lynn discusses her work with the Inupiat people in Utqiagvik, Alaska. Learn about her project constructing a unique botanical garden, and the challenges and opportunities of conducting ecological work in one of the most remote towns in the United States.

Where road ecology and ecological restoration converge
March 2020 - OPEN ACCESS

Join Dr. Marcel Huijser as he discusses advances in road ecology, and the challenges faced by ecological restoration practitioners who are working to mitigate the impacts of roads on wildlife.


Training design, data type, and data reliability in citizen science
March 2020
Dr. Maggie Gaddis investigates the efficacy of training citizen scientists. Join her as she discusses her experiences and the challenges associated with overcoming data reliability in citizen science. 

Primer of Ecological Restoration
March 2020

Dr. Karen Holl will discuss her new “Primer of Ecological Restoration” In twelve brief chapters, the book introduces readers to the basics of restoration project planning, monitoring, implementation, and adaptive management, as well as ecological principles to guide ecosystem recovery. 


Why Get Certified?
February 2020
Why get certified?  How will it benefit you?  Current certified ecological restoration practitioners Nick Wildman, Paul Davis, Meghan Fellows, and Keith MacCallum will join SER's Certification Program Coordinator, Jen Lyndall, to talk about why they decided to get certified and what the benefits of certification are. 

Prairie Reconstruction: Seed Mix Design and First Year Management
February 2020

How can conservation programs achieve greater impact with limited resources? In this talk, we explore how seed mix design and establishment management influence cost-effectiveness and the provision of ecological benefits.


The Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration of the UN CBD
February 2020
The Short Term Action Plan on Ecosystem Restoration was adopted at the 13th CBD Conference. This webinar discusses the context of restoration under the CBD, the activities of the STAPER and explains how to access and submit relevant resources for each of these activities.

Legal Framework to Protect Aquatic Habitats in Saskatchewan
January 2020
Join Alex Blais-Montpetit (MEnv, CAN-CISEC, EPt) as he discusses the regulation of land development activities in Saskatchewan using Aquatic Habitat Protection Permits, and how this legal framework mitigates impacts to aquatic habitats.

Updated International Principles and Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration
January 2020 - OPEN ACCESS
George Gann discusses the second edition of the International Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, released in September 2019, including changes to the Standards, key concepts, and applying tools like the restoration wheel.

The Priority Site Determination: A Rapid & Qualitative Floristic Biomonitoring Protocol
December 2019
Presented by SER Northwest. David Sabaj Stahl discusses considerations for developing and selecting a monitoring protocol, and explains the Priority Site Determination, a rapid and flexible monitoring method. 

Improving and Verifying Ecological Restoration Outcomes: Recently Published EPA Guidance
December 2019
Louis Blume (EPA), Lynn Walters and Craig Palmer (GDIT) discuss the publication Application of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Principles to Ecological Restoration Project Monitoring to address the unique challenges associated with controlling and documenting the quality of ecological monitoring data. 

Overcoming pollinator habitat restoration challenges through use of best management practices to enhance project success
November 2019 - Sponsored by Stantec
Presented by Aaron Feggestad, Stantec Senior Ecologist. This presentation focuses on pollinators and discusses implementation challenges often encountered at the landscape scale and best management practices for how to overcome them from.

Planning for the Unplanned: Integrating Ecological Restoration Techniques and Landscape Design
October 2019
Larry Weaner discusses the integration of ecological restoration techniques and traditional design aesthetics to achieve beautiful, diverse landscapes for varied situations—from small gardens to large, multi-acre projects.

Environmental Governance: Three Approaches to Make a Change
October 2019
Presented by SER Northwest. Sunil Murlidhar Shastri discusses three practical approaches to deal with the contemporary environmental issues that confound us. The central message is how each one of us can be an agent of change to make a difference.

Is Certification Right for You?
August 2019
Find out whether certification is right for you and what you need to apply. SER's Certification Program Coordinator, Jen Lyndall, will provide an overview of the Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) Program including benefits of certification, application requirements, and maintenance requirements.

Restoring Streambank Stability to Achieve MS4 Water Quality Objectives: An Overview of Chesapeake Bay TMDL Experiences
July 2019
Josh Running, the National Technical Lead for Stantec’s Ecosystems Restoration Team, talks about stream restoration as a cost-effective way to reduce sediment and nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Future of Urban Natural Area Land Management
July 2019
Presented by SER Northwest. This talk by City of Portland ecologist Toby Query explores creative new approaches to urban natural areas management to increase the resilience of urban systems in the face of present and future challenges.

Bring the Salmon Home: Protecting Tribal Trust Resources on the Klamath
June 2019
Presented jointly by SER and SERCAL. Michael Belchik, Senior Water Policy Analyst for the Yurok Tribe,  discusses the Klamath Dam Removal project, the largest dam removal and river restoration project in U.S. history.
Creating High-Function, Low-Maintenance Ecosystems in Urban Environments
May 2019
Presented by SER Northwest. Joshua Eldridge, Senior Ecologist and Mountain Regional Director for Great Ecology, discusses strategies and solutions for creating high-functioning ecosystems in urban settings.

Coral Reef Restoration
May 2019
Ian McLeod from James Cook University and Andrew Taylor from Blue Corner Marine Research discuss a variety of coral restoration methods and results, with recent case studies from Australia and Bali.

Terrestrial Rapid BioAssessment: How Heterocerids are used to assess the ecologic complexity of land - a new assessment tool
April 2019 Sponsored by GZA
Blaine Rothauser showcases a restoration case study to highlight how a moth survey can translate into a quantitative baseline used as an objective measure to provide restoration recommendations.
Addressing Water Scarcity through Restoration
March 2019
Louise Stafford of The Nature Conservancy and John Owino of IUCN discuss restoration efforts to ensure water security, in South Africa and East Africa. Moderated by Craig Beatty of IUCN and SER's Large-Scale Ecosystem Restoration section.
How can we map ecological restoration onto a rapidly changing world?
February 2019
Don Falk, SER's first Executive Director and expert in fire and restoration ecology, discusses the future of restoration ecological in the face of climate change.
SER-NW Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 3
February 2019
Presented by SER-NW. Caitlyn O'Connor and Ashley Bagley discuss their research on the land-water interface between stormwater, groundwater, and surface water.
SER-NW Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 2 
February 2019
Presented by SER-NW. Emma MacDonald presents on utilizing community science to mobilize communities, and as a tool for environmental justice.
SER-NW Graduate Student Colloquia: Day 1
February 2019
Presented by SER-NW. Graduate researchers Nicolette Nelson and Rachel Turba de la Paula present on their work using genetics in restoration projects in the Northwest.
Connecting Science & People
February 2019
Dive into the complexities of communications planning, “public” awareness, and collaboration with partners with Samara Group, an Oregon-based consulting firm that specializes in complex science-based communications and community engagement. 
Open Access! Demystifying the CERP Application Process
February 2019
Join SER's Certification Program Coordinator Jen Lyndall to learn about the CERP program application process including the top 5 most frequently asked questions by applicants.
Students & Emerging Professionals 
January 2019
SER board members and staff discuss resources available to SER SEP members including virtual discussion boards, the job board, and the Restoration Resource Center as well as ways by which interested SER members can become involved with the SEP committee. 
Failing Forward and Lessons Learned 
December 2018
We often hear about restoration success stories - but what about projects that struggled or failed? During this webinar we will heard from members whose projects didn't go as planned, and the critical insights they learned. 
Soil Bioengineering for the Restoration of Steep and Unstable Slopes and Riparian Areas
December 2018 
Presented by SER-NW. Dave Polster demonstrates soil bioengineering treatments use pioneering species to initiate the natural successional processes associated with the region in which they are applied. 
GIS-based Vulnerability Assessment of Upland Forests in the Cedar River Watershed 
November 2018
Presented by SER-NW. Rolf Gersonde of City of Seattle discusses a vulnerability analysis of ecosystems to guide ecological restoration efforts at the landscape scale and adapt to projected climate change. 
Wetland Revegetation: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices 
October 2018
Presented by SER-NW. Tim Watters and Ann Lefler of North Fork Native Plants discuss projects and techniques of large scale aquatic restoration in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado. 
Bombs Away: Militarization, Conservation, and Ecological Restoration 
October 2018
In this webinar, author David Havlick examines how military activities, conservation goals, and ecological restoration efforts work together to create new kinds of places and new conceptions of place. 
Sage-grouse Habitat Conservation Through Prisons 
September 2018
Presented by SER-NW. Stacy Moore of Institute for Applied Ecology described the "Sagebrush in Prisons Project," to improve habitat by engage state prison systems in habitat restoration. 
Open Access!  CERP Application Tutorial 
September 2018
Go through the CERP application with CERP Certification Coordinator Jen Lyndall and hear from two members of the review committee. Featuring Q&A session. 
Biotic interactions in the tropics - challenges for restoration and conservation in the Anthropocene
September 2018
Co-hosted by the Association of Tropical and Conservation Biology. This webinar explores how biotic interactions influence the restoration of natural tropical ecosystems, with four international presenters. 
Post-fire Restoration in the Great Basin-Challenges, Opportunities, and a Call to Make Adaptive Management Real
August 2018

Members of the Great Basin Chapter of SER describe the efforts, past and future, from scientific and management perspectives, and address the needs and prospects for an adaptive management approach. 
Presented by SER-NW and Jalene Littlejohn of OISC. In Oregon, organizations are focusing on preventing establishment of new invasive species and taking actions to eradicate, control, and/or manage the invasive species that have already arrived. 
Co-hosted by the Society of Wetland Scientists. Kevin Du Bois and Kevin Erwin present on case studies of wetland restoration, including living shoreline design and the restoration of Little Pine Island and Lake Wales Forest. 
Open Access!  Certification Program Overview
July 2018
Join SER's Certification Program Coordinator Jen Lyndall to learn about the program and hear from Mel Asher, CERP, about a practitioner's perspective.
Presented by SER-NW with Karin Riley with the USDA Forest Service. Maps of trees in forests are desirable for many applications. However, detailed mapping for large areas is not currently feasible, but statistical methods can populate landscapes with a limited set of data.
Kaisa Junninen of Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland presents an overview on the measures, ecological effects and challenges of restoration and ecological management of Finnish forest reserves.
Presented by SER-NW with Rory Denovan, Restoration Ecologist & Strategic Advisor for city of Seattle. Rory presents his extensive works involving the restoration of urban landscapes for the purpose of establishing pollinator habitats.
Open Access! Restoration Resource Center: A New Tool for Restorationists
May 2018

The RRC is an online platform for exchanging knowledge and experience. SER Program Manager Levi Wickwire presents an overview of its history and a tutorial of how to search and submit projects and resources.
Presented by INSR's Marcello de Vitis. Those who work with native seeds depend on each other for information and resources to address the challenges of conservation, research, production and use.
50% of the original peatland of Finland has been drained for forestry. More than 25,000 hectares have been restored since the early 1990s. This webinar with Reijo Hokkanen, Planning Officer for Parks and Wildlife Finland presenting reviews the various techniques and monitoring methods used in peatland restoration.
Presented by SER-NW. Dave Polster, Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) presents on effective strategies to understand and utilize natural processes in restoration.
A discussion of ROOT, a new software tool that optimises trade-offs between ecosystem services, to help decision-makers visualise how to optimise restoration investments. With Craig Beatty, LERS Director-at-Large and IUCN Programme Officer
Presented by SER-NW. Vicky Erickson, Lenya Quinn-Davidson, and Karin Riley discuss the role of wildfire and post-wildfire restoration in the Pacific Northwest.
Kingsley Dixon of SERAustralasia discusses global mining restoration, including success stories and emerging technologies.
Presented by SER-MWGL. The Morton Arboretum is developing a new blended learning format to support educational needs of volunteer stewards conducting restoration. The multimedia initiative combines online modules, field experiences, and traditional classes, and allows audiences to access interactive course materials from home computers. 
Presented by SER-MWGL. Speakers from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District discussed the Times Beach, NY Confined Disposal Facility Restoration Project, and how lessons learned in promoting native flora establishment and invasive species control have been used at similar projects in the region and across the nation

Presented by SER-MWGL. Speakers from USEPA and CSRA spoke about “EPA Process and Quality Assurance Practices for Restoration Projects”.
Presented by SER-MWGL. Speakers from Ohio Prairie Nursery discussed the importance of proper seed mixes in restoration. 
Dr. Hough-Snee discusses a variety of recent approaches and tools that can be used when monitoring riparian vegetation and floodplain ecosystems at scales relevant to land management, including watershed and administrative unit scales (grazing allotment, National Forest Ranger District, etc.).
This webinar addresses key questions about the ecology, governance, landscape conditions, and social drivers of secondary tropical forests and the role these forests can play for conservation and restoration in the Anthropocene.  

Presented by SER-MWGL. Derek Schafer, Executive Director, will present on the initiatives WCC has implemented throughout its service area that protects land, provides greenspace, restores waterways, and creates resilient communities – while also providing alternative transportation and recreational corridors.
Authors An Cliquet, Anastasia Telesetsky, Afshin Akhtarkhavari discuss their book: "Ecological Restoration in International Environmental Law." This is the first published book to examine comprehensively the relationship between international environmental law and ecological restoration. 
Presented by SER-NW. John Goetz of Clean Water Services discusses questions and issues surrounding watershed management projects, by addressing topics including site preparation, herbicide usage, plant monitoring, and urban beaver research.
Presented by SER-NW. Dr. David Sabaj Stahl presents on novel approaches that were developed to assess the occurrence and potential impacts of spatial autocorrelation on correlation analyses involving invasive/native species and related community constructs. 
Presented by SER-NW with Dr. Raymond Timm.

Stephanie Frischie, Chris Helzer, and Todd Erickson present the rationale and successive steps that are required for the efficient delivery and use of seeds in ecological restoration. Case studies from prairie ecosystems in North America and the hot deserts of north-western Australia illustrate the process.
Marion Hourdequin and David Havlick, co-editors of the book Restoring Layered Landscapes, discuss the challenges of restoring and conserving layered landscapes, which they define as "landscapes with complex histories shaped by ongoing interactions between humans and nature."
This webinar, presented by Curtin Professor Kingsley Dixon, noted authority on smoke germination, runs through the background and history of this important discovery and the remarkable scientific journey to the discovery of the compounds in smoke that stimulate germination. The webinar also goes through the step-by-step process for building your own smoke apparatus for treating seed and making smoke water.
This webinar addresses key questions about the ecology, governance, landscape conditions, and social drivers of secondary tropical forests and the role these forests can play for conservation and restoration in the Anthropocene.

Dr. Ed Hansen and Suzanne DeVries-Zimmerman of Hope College present on dune ecology and management in this webinar, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter.
Tim Purinton, Samantha Woods and Paul Davis discuss the development of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration: how it works, what it has accomplished and how it could be a model for other states, followed by a case study of the Herring Creek dam removal and a Q&A session.
Presented by SER-GB. Holly Prendeville, Research Geneticist, USFS PNW, Corvallis, Oregon, explains provisional and empirical seed zones and discusses tools available that allow us to use seed zones to select genetically appropriate plant materials for restoration.
Presented by SER-GB. Justin Runyon, Research Entomologist, USFS RMRS, Bozeman, MT discusses the diversity, distribution, possible functions, and potential use in restoration of sagebrush chemistry, focusing on volatiles.