Karen Root, Bowling Green State University,
Term: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021
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 McCaffery, U.S. Geological Survey,
Term: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021
Rebecca McCaffery is a Wildlife Biologist with the US Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. 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.
Jessa Madosky, University of Tampa,
Term: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2021
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.
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.
Gerald Singh, The Nereus Program, Memorial University
Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Term: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2021
When I was young my mother and uncle instilled in me an affinity for nature and wildlife through camping in the Canadian wilderness. I naturally entered post-secondary education with a focus on conservation and environmental sciences and was dismayed at the reticence of many ecology and biology professors to engage with policy through their work. I’ve always wanted to connect my research with emerging policy (either to help shape policy goals or to guide actions that pursue goals). From an early stage in my career I have sought leadership positions that would allow me to connect research and policy. First, I campaigned to be a member of the provincial government of British Columbia through the Green Party of BC (I successfully ran as a candidate but did not win the election). I also served as the president of the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability Student Society for two terms. These experiences taught me about working on a committee and being a representative for a group of people. As I progressed through higher education, I noticed that I was becoming more conspicuous as a minority scientist. In my personal experience I have noticed that the focus on implicit value of biodiversity does not resonate with many minority researchers (whereas other cultural values do). Similarly, I have noticed that the field of conservation is rapidly broadening in scope of research disciplines, and as I’ve talked to this diversifying cast of conservationists, what conservation means to them yields ever-widening answers. I have always been curious about exploring the meaning and motivations of conservationists, as I believe that the direction of conservation should reflect its members.
Alysha Cypher, NOAA
Secretary and Chapters Representative
Term: 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2022
I spent my childhood in landlocked Pennsylvania obsessed with the ocean and getting lost in Rachel Carson books. When I finally got the chance to explore tide pools on the coasts of Maine, I was hooked. Today I am a postdoctoral research with NOAA Fisheries in a Conservation Medicine program where I study the effects of pollution, particularly oil spills, on the physiology of forage fish. While I am an ecotoxicologist/physiologist by trade, I am a conservation biologist at heart. The goal of much of my work is to identify physiological indicators of environmental perturbation in order to better monitor and manage marine fish populations. Although I am not a conventional conservation biologist, I have been a passionate member of SCB since 2010, particularly when it comes to chapters. Chapters are an incredibly unique part of SCB that allow early career scientists to connect and make a difference in their local communities. My experience founding a chapter and then continuing with the Chapters Committee has allowed me to observe this first hand. My goal with SCB is to maintain this legacy of bringing passionate conservationists together so that we can share ideas and maintain a positive outlook.