Jessa Madosky, University of Tampa, President
Term: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019
Jessa Madosky is the President of the North America section of the Society for Conservation Biology and a teaching professor at the University of Tampa. She is also the former Vice President for Membership and Chapter Committee Chair of SCB. Her research interests include pedagogy in conservation and environmental science higher education, the intersection between conservation efforts and animal behavior, and human-wildlife interactions. She earned her PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of New Orleans where she studied the impacts of management on feral horse behavior. Jessa is also passionate about equity and inclusion and is involved in multiple efforts to increase equity and inclusion in conservation and science in general.
Karen Root, Bowling Green State University, President-elect
Term: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019
Karen Root is a faculty member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University leading the Conservation Biology and Population Ecology Lab (karenroot.net). Her research over the last 24 years has focused on the conservation of native biodiversity, including ecological surveys, habitat and population modeling, and conservation planning and management. Combining ecological fieldwork with the application of quantitative techniques, such as G.I.S., habitat modeling, and risk assessment, she addresses conservation issues across many scales, temporal and spatial. In collaboration with the Green Ribbon Initiative (oakopenings.org), much of her recent research focuses on ecology and conservation in the biodiversity hotspot of the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio.
Carlos Carroll, Klamath Center for Conservation Research,
Past-President, Term: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2019
Carlos Carroll is an ecologist with the Klamath Center for Conservation Research (klmathconservation.org) in Orleans, California. His research focuses on habitat, viability, and connectivity modeling for a diverse group of threatened and endangered species ranging from large carnivores to rare and endemic plant species. Dr. Carroll also leads the climate adaptation planning project AdaptWest (adaptwest.databasin.org).
Kristin Carden, Earthjustice, Treasurer
Term: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020
An Ohio native, Kristin Carden first ventured out West for college—and fell in love with the mountains, wildlife, and sense of wonder instilled by western landscapes. She received her law degree from Harvard and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She has worked with the Earthjustice team in Bozeman, Montana, to protect the majestic landscapes and critters of the Northern Rockies, first as a project attorney from 2012–2015, and also during 2017, as a staff scientist for the Public Lands, Wildlife, and Oceans program.
Courtney Schultz, Colorado State University, Secretary, Term: 1 July 2015 – 30 June 2018
Courtney Schultz is an Associate Professor of Forest and Natural Resource Policy in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of science, policy, and law in natural resource management, with a focus on how policy mediates the adoption and application of science-based land management principles. Her scholarship has investigated how law and policy influence the practice of wildlife conservation planning, how policy and governance affect the design and application of monitoring and adaptive management, and how organizational incentives and policies influence forest restoration programs. Her active research projects investigate the how policies and other organizational variables influence the development of adaptive governance institutions, specifically within the realms of collaborative forest restoration, fire management, and climate change adaptation planning.
Sergio Avila-Villegas, Interim EID Officer, Sierra Club Term: Oct 25 2017 – 30 June 2018
Sergio Avila-Villegas is the first regional Local Outdoors Coordinator for the Sierra Club. For twenty years, Sergio has worked on local and regional conservation efforts along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, as a conservation scientist, wildlife researcher and facilitator of bi-national conservation projects. He has led collaborative efforts on connectivity for wildlife, habitat restoration, public education and interpretation in the U.S. southwest and northwest Mexico. Sergio graduated from the University of Baja California with a Master’s degree in Arid Lands Management, and the University of Aguascalientes with a B.S. in Biology. Sergio Avila is Conservation Science Fellow of the Wilburforce Foundation (2015), a member of the Sonoran Joint Venture Management Board since 2013, and a certified wildlife tracker with CyberTracker (2013). He lives in Tucson with his wife Jenny, their three cats Lupe, Carlos and Pancho, and Toby, the desert tortoise.