Ecological Society of America
Education and Diversity Programs Office
1990 M Street, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
phone: 202-833-8773, fax: 202-833-8775; Email:

Teresa Mourad
is Director of Education and Diversity Programs at ESA. She has more than two decades of nonprofit management experience including program development, fundraising, membership development, event planning and grants management particularly in the area of youth and environmental education. Teresa leads several programs to diversify the field of ecology and to increase access and discovery of education resources. She directs ESA’s award-winning SEEDS program and leads several projects to advance ecology education and to accelerate environmental literacy, including the EcoEd Digital Library. Her interests include strategies to broaden participation in the sciences, socioenvironmental integration and improving teaching approaches in ecology education. She holds a BA in Sociology and English Literature and a MS in Environmental Education.


310918_10150387993778106_505213105_8739390_439549617_nFred Abbott-Torres is Diversity Programs Coordinator. He joined ESA in 2011. Fred is a SEEDS alumnus; he participated in two SEEDS field trips and was a founding member of his SEEDS campus chapter at the University of Puerto Rico – Humacao.  Fred loves the outdoors and is passionate about ecology, conservation and public policy.   Most recently, he was Field Manager at Lab787, a marketing firm, in which he developed campaigns focused on young adults and Supervisor at C3TECH, a science and technology museum in Caguas, PR where he managed more than 1,000 visitors per day. He received a B.S. in Biology with a major in Wildlife Management from UPR-H.  His interest include herpetology, antiques, gardening and cooking.




SEEDS Advisory Board

Melissa Armstrong
Assistant Director, Global Science and Engineering Program
Northern Arizona University
Chris McLaughlin
SWCA Environmental Consulting
Mark Brunson
Head, Environment and Society Professor and Department
Utah State University
Marnie Carroll
Grants Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Colorado Mountain University
Zakiya Leggett
Sustainability Scientist
Weyerhaeuser Corporation
Quin Holifield
Research Scientist
US Forest Service
Ricardo Rozzi
Assoc. Professor
University of North Texas
Jeramie Strickland
Wildlife Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service