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Cast your vote for PPE Vice-Chair!

It’s time to cast your ballots! We have two wonderful candidates for the position of Vice-Chair of the Plant Population Ecology Section, Nick Barber and Jean Burns. Their statements of interest are pasted below.  Balloting will be open until May 15, 2015.  You may vote by emailing janette.steets@okstate.edu or by mailing your vote to Janette at Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University, 301 Physical Sciences, Stillwater, OK 74078.

Janette, Lynn, and Aldo

From Nick Barber:

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University.  My research centers around how plants’ interactions with other community members affect their growth and fitness.  I am especially interested in how plant-insect interactions and plant defenses vary in different biotic contexts, as well as how these interactions influence community assembly in restored ecosystems.  I have been a member of the PPE Section since I was a graduate student, and I would like to see the section continue its excellent work helping plant ecologists network with one another, providing student travel awards, and recognizing great research through the Postdoctoral Excellence Award.  The Section’s digital presence has expanded over the past year through the Section website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.  These have been great mechanisms to learn about others’ research and also could be used to reach new members.  For example, coordinating online with the Student Section could help PPE members connect with graduate and undergraduate students who may not be aware of our section, its activities, or the achievements of our members.

From Jean Burns:

Background: Jean Burns studies the population ecology of invasive and native plant species, with an emphasis on understanding what factors contribute to spatial spread. Jean received her Ph.D. from Florida State University on traits associated with invasiveness in the Commelinaceae with Thomas E. Miller. She was a Tyson Research Center Postdoctoral Fellow with Tiffany M. Knight from 2007 to 2008 and a Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Davis, working with Sharon Y. Strauss from 2008 to 2010. Jean is currently an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where she is studying how population dynamics and invasibility are influenced by soil heterogeneity.

Motivation: I would be interested in serving the Plant Population Ecology section as a way to give back to the section. I particularly value the section’s commitment to the professional development of early career population ecologists and would look forward to continuing that tradition.