SCB North America is thrilled to welcome Alexis Canney, our new – and first – communications intern!

Alexis is a master’s student in conservation and restoration science at the University of California, Irvine. She has a background in nonprofit fundraising and environmental education. She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Vassar College, NY and is from Brooklyn, NY.

We look forward to working with Alexis to increase SCBNA’s capacity to communicate and interact with members and potential members. You’ll be hearing from Alexis soon across SCB North America’s social media accounts (@scbnorthamerica) and via our newsletter and other communications. Welcome, Alexis!

2021 Student Affairs Webinar Series
SCB North America’s Student Affairs Committee is hosting a 2021 webinar series on topics of interest to conservation students, early-career professionals, and others!

The second webinar in the monthly series is:

Careers Outside of Academia: Agencies & Consulting Firms

Tuesday, February 16

12-1pm PT | 3-4pm ET

Join the SCBNA Student Affairs Subcommittee to learn from accomplished professionals with experience in agency and consulting academic positions related to conservation biology.

This will be an interactive panel with questions from the audience. Panelists include Dr. Rebecca McCaffery, Wildlife Biologist at the U.S. Geological Service Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Dr. Alysha Cypher, postdoctoral researcher at the Prince William Sound Science Center, and Lauren Jonaitis, M.S., Environmental/Coastal Scientist at Moffatt & Nichol.

Registration is required, please register at this link: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/…

Webinars are available to both SCB members and non-members. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the SCBNA YouTube Page – subscribe so you are notified when new recordings are posted! The first webinar recording is now available: Non-Traditional Careers in Academia.


This is the second in our series of monthly webinars; stay tuned for more!

Please contact megan.keville@scbnorthamerica.org with any questions related to the webinar series.

The webinar recording for the first in the 2021 SCBNA Student Affairs Webinar Series is now available on the SCB North America YouTube Page. We sincerely thank the wonderful panelists for their time and the attendees for their excellent questions that prompted valuable discussions during the webinar.

The next webinar in the series is on February 16 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET: Careers Outside Academia: Agency and Consulting Firms. More information and a link to register will be available on this webpage very soon.

Many thanks to the Student Affairs Subcommittee for organizing this series. Other topics coming later this year include Conservation in Practice; Equity & Inclusion in Conservation and Research; and Conservation + Social Science. Stay tuned!

If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please email the Chair, Melissa Cronin: mecronin@ucsc.edu

The North America Society for Conservation Biology is appalled by the invasion of the Capitol building by white nationalists. We are equally appalled by the clear difference in police response in which white supremacists violently breaking into federal buildings are met with very little resistance and people of color protesting peacefully or simply walking in a national park are met with militarized police violence and brutality, in many cases resulting in their death.  We recognize that many of our members know all too well these harsh realities of institutionalized racism in their professional and personal lives and that all of us live within human and natural communities that are negatively impacted by how marginalized peoples are systemically oppressed.  We also recognize that these vital issues are inseparable from who we are, how we do our work, and the fate of biodiversity.  

The board of SCBNA reaffirms our commitment to continuing to work to address systemic racism and biased power structures in our own organization and within conservation biology, be it in our academic institutions, organizations, research projects, foundations or communities we work within.  We also commit to using our unique voice to call on the new administration to make addressing institutionalized racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination an immediate priority.

*Statement authored by SCBNA Board Member Dr. Jessa Madosky, Past-President

Signed,

The Board of Directors of the Society for Conservation Biology North America

Karen Root, President
Rebecca McCaffery, President-Elect
Jessa Madosky, Past-President
Gerald Singh, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Officer
Rebecca Hufft, Treasurer
Alysha Cypher, Secretary & Chapters Representative
Jessica Pratt, Vice President for Education & Chapters
Erin Sexton, Vice President for Policy & Programs
Melissa Cronin, Student Representative
Lauren Jonaitis, Member at Large
Paige Olmsted, Member at Large

2021 Student Affairs Webinar Series
SCB North America’s Student Affairs Committee is hosting a 2021 webinar series on topics of interest to conservation students, early-career professionals, and others!

The first webinar in the monthly series is:

Non-Traditional Careers in Academia

Wednesday, Jan 27

12-1pm PT | 3-4pm ET

Not all academic careers in ecology and conservation are alike! Join the SCBNA Student Affairs Subcommittee to learn from accomplished academics in “non-traditional” academic positions. This will be an interactive panel with questions from the audience. Panelists include Dr. Robin Dunkin, Assistant Teaching Professor at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Elliott Hazen of NOAA/NFMS and UC Santa Cruz, and Dr. Jessica Pratt, Associate Professor of Teaching at UC Irvine.

Registration is required, please register at this link: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/…

Webinars are available to both SCB members and non-members.

This is the first in our series of monthly webinars; stay tuned for more!

Please contact megan.keville@scbnorthamerica.org with any questions related to the webinar series.

*As of 12/17/20, SCBNA has completed review of applications and is no longer accepting applications for this position. Thank you to everyone who submitted applications!

The SCBNA board and staff are pleased to offer a remote, part-time, 6-month paid communications internship with our Communications Committee. The aim of this position is to increase SCBNA’s capacity to communicate and interact with members and potential members. We seek applicants who have experience and/or education in communications, writing, social media, and/or marketing, as well as education or training in ecology and/or conservation biology. The successful candidate is expected to provide support on SCBNA’s social media accounts, as well as seek new and innovative ways to reach and interact with our diverse membership. Desired content across communication platforms will include updates and announcements, information about our biennial conference, the North American Congress of Conservation Biology (NACCB), and general conservation news and storytelling. The successful applicant may also assist with other communications outreach, such as e-newsletters and website content. Candidates who have experience in updating website content are highly desired. The intern will regularly interact with and gauge the online/communications needs of SCBNA members, will report directly to the Communications Committee Chair and Director of Operations, and may collaborate with other Communications Committee members. Regular meetings and communications with these parties will be required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and experience with digital communication tools, including social media platforms
  • Interest, education, and/or training in ecology and conservation biology
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with graphic design, photography, and web-based design programs.
  • Creativity in communicating content in effective and unique ways

TIME COMMITMENT: Five (5) to eight (8) hours a week for six (6) months with target start date in January 2021

COMPENSATION: $20 an hour for six (6) months, estimated 5-8 hours per week

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should submit the following application materials electronically in a single pdf document to be considered for this position: Resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for two (2) references.

To apply, please email your application to Communications Committee Chair, Lauren Jonaitis, jonaitislauren@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020. Review of applications has been completed and we are no longer accepting applications for the position. Inquiries about the position should be directed via email to Lauren Jonaitis. The anticipated approximate start date for the internship is January 2021.

SCBNA is committed to increasing equity and inclusion within the field of conservation biology and in its board and staff members. To this end, SCBNA has an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer on the board and an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee. We offer grants to attend congresses, follow best practices in conference design (including such things as gender neutral bathrooms, providing a private place for nursing or other needs, providing sign language interpreters, etc.), run sessions on equity and inclusion at congresses, and are currently working on an Allyship program to increase the effectiveness of allies in addressing equity issues in the field of conservation. We recognize that this work will never be complete and we are committed to continually evaluating and improving our equity and inclusion work.

As noted above, SCBNA strives to advance equity and inclusion in the field of conservation and within our organization. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups in the field of conservation to apply for this position. Applicants are not required to be current members of the Society for Conservation Biology.

On June 12, The Society for Conservation Biology North America submitted a joint comment letter with the American Society of Mammologists (ASM) to the US Fish and Wildlife Service as that agency prepares court-ordered revisions to its rule governing management of the endangered Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), which occurs in northern Mexico and the southwestern US. In the comments, SCBNA and ASM explained why the rule revision must take a fresh look at best available science regarding what steps are necessary for recovery of the Mexican wolf, rather than relying on a flawed 2017 recovery plan whose conclusions were distorted due to political pressure from some southwestern states.

The major issues that SCBNA and ASM identified in the recovery plan include 1) arbitrarily high thresholds for acceptable extinction risk, 2) lack of objective and measurable recovery criteria regarding threats from illegal killing and other anthropogenic mortality, 3) lack of objective and measurable recovery criteria regarding genetic threats, and 4) arbitrary limits on the geographic extent of recovery.

Read the full comment letter here.