Rebecca McCaffery, United States Geological Survey
Term: 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2023
Rebecca McCaffery is a Wildlife Biologist. She resides in Bozeman, MT, but most of her work takes place on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state, where she works with the Olympic National Park, local tribes, and agency and academic biologists on projects aimed at conserving, restoring, and effectively monitoring diverse species and ecosystems of interest in the area. Her focus is on understanding and estimating population and community dynamics of focal species and systems in relation to processes such as climate change, land use, and river restoration following dam removal. Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Montana, with research focused on montane amphibians. She has had a long involvement with SCB, starting with her work on the board of the Montana chapter. In her spare time, she loves hiking, skiing, camping, baking, gardening, riding her bicycle, and adventuring with her family.
Karen Root, Bowling Green State University,
Term: 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2023
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.
Rebecca Hufft, Denver Botanic Gardens, Treasurer
Term: 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2023
Dr. Hufft is the Associate Director of Applied Conservation at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she has overseen plant conservation projects since 2011. Prior to coming to the Gardens, she received her doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at Colorado State University, and served as a Senior Supervising Scientist at the National Ecological Observatory Network. She is a broadly trained conservation biologist whose research interests include restoration, ex situ conservation, long-term monitoring, and phenology. She served as co-chair for the North American Congress for Conservation Biology 2020.
Brendan Reid, Rutgers University
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Term: 1 July 2022 – 30 June 2025
I’m currently a postdoc at Rutgers University, and my work deals mainly with quantifying and conserving genetic diversity and adaptive potential. I became interested in EID issues at the 2018 NACCB meeting in Toronto, and with the previous EID officer (Gerald Singh), I coordinated a symposium on allyship at NACCB 2020 and initiated production of a video interview series highlighting the experiences of people from traditionally excluded groups in conservation. As the EID officer I hope to serve as a conduit for all members of the Society to express their concerns and experiences, and I plan to work with the SCBNA board and coordinate with SCB Global and outside organizations to plan initiatives that address these concerns at the society level and beyond.