Nate Emery is a plant ecologist working on a postdoc at Michigan State University. He has worked with California native plants, stable isotopes, and field sites that were accidentally burned by wildfires. He became very interested in evidence-based teaching techniques towards the end of his PhD (at UC Santa Barbara), and now works on professional development research of the factors influencing teaching techniques of early-career biology faculty around the country. Nate is excited to contribute to the Early-Career section in all capacities, especially when it comes to preparing students/post-students for life in academia, industry, non-profits, government, and beyond. Ecology is everywhere!
Angee Doerr is an interdisciplinary ecologist focused on coupled human-natural systems. She is currently a research scientist with Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions, where she focuses on small-scale fisheries, climate change, and food security. Angee’s research identifies feedbacks between natural and social systems, and she works to identify management solutions that can benefit both humans and the environment. This is Angee’s first year with the Early-Career section board, and she is excited to contribute to existing programs, as well as identify linkages with other Sections and opportunities for new outreach and training.
Justin Suraci is a wildlife ecologist and current postdoc at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Justin’s research draws upon behavioral ecology and conservation biology, with an eye to understanding how human activity influences wildlife food webs by driving changes in behavioral interactions between predators and prey. As the current secretary-treasurer for the Early Career Ecologists section, Justin is excited to help facilitate greater connections among ecologists at this transitional stage in their careers.
Matt Aiello-Lammens is an Assistant Professor at Pace University in the Department of Environmental Studies and Science. He studies factors influencing changes to species ranges, the likely causes of population declines and explosions, and the interconnectedness among species that results in the ecosystems we observe, near and far. He strives to carry out research that helps to solve environmental problems and elucidates demographic processes. As an educator, he teaches students to investigate the environment around them and guides independent research projects that contribute to our understanding of species ranges. This is his fourth year serving on the E-board of the Early-Career section, and he is excited to lead the section in supporting and advocating for early-career ecologists of all stripes.
Christel Kern is a Research Forester at the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Rhinelander, WI. Her research interests include structure, traits, and diversity of ground-layer plants, regenerating trees, and seed banks in managed and unmanaged forest ecosystems. She manages research natural areas and experimental forests in the Lake States as well. Her role as Blog Editor is part of our effort to provide semi-regular updates on activities and to share experiences across career paths.
TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR
Avery Scherer is a recently-minted PhD from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi interested in marine ecology. Her research investigates predator prey interactions and her dissertation work focused on plastic prey defenses in oyster reef ecosystems. She defended her dissertation is January and is looking forward to figuring out her next adventure.
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM OFFICER
Fiona Soper is a Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in biogeochemistry and plant ecophysiology. She is currently working on lowland tropical forest biogeochemistry in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Her interests broadly encompass land cover change, nitrogen cycling, nitrogen trace gas emissions, and biological nitrogen fixation in both tropical and dryland ecosystems.
Naupaka Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of San Francisco. He is a microbial ecologist interested in the plant microbiome, particularly foliar fungal endophytes. He is also involved with the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and Software Carpentry.
STUDENT SECTION LIASON
Eli Polzer is a 3rd year MSc student at SUNY Brockport in NYS. She is a wetland ecologist focusing on Great Lakes coastal marsh plant community restoration. Her research leanings include botany and plant community assembly, paleocology, invasion dynamics, community and desert ecology, and natural history.
LATIN AMERICAN CHAPTER AND INCLUSIVE ECOLOGY SECTION LIASON
NON-ACADEMIC CAREER PATHWAYS OFFICER
Tim Fullman is a wildlife ecologist with The Wilderness Society based in Anchorage, Alaska. He is broadly interested in spatial ecology and especially intrigued by movements and distributions of large mammals in response to environmental factors and human impacts. His current research investigates caribou responses to energy development and other human activity in Arctic Alaska while previous work sought to understand the factors that influence elephant movement patterns and impacts on vegetation and large herbivores in southern Africa.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Cait Rottler is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub in El Reno, Oklahoma. She is broadly interested in range/grassland responses to disturbance and climate change and the drivers of human interactions with managed ecosystems. She currently works with stakeholders in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma to increase the capacity of agricultural systems to withstand climate change, with a specific focus on soil health. Her prior research was on the responses of plant communities and soils to reclamation on oil and gas wellpads in Wyoming. Her favorite part of any scientific research is using it for outreach and education activities, and her favorite part of grad school was teaching. She’s excited to join the Early Career Section board as an Officer at Large and looks forward to helping out wherever she can!
Centennial Mentoring Program Planning Team (2014-2015)
Sarah Supp, Daniel Scholes, Daniel Stanton, Scott Collins (ESA Leadership), Winslow Hansen (ESA Student Section)
Cheers! A Networking Event Planning Team (2014-2015)
Sarah Supp, Daniel Scholes, Daniel Stanton, Scott Collins, Lauren Sullivan, Benjamin Blonder, Aaron Hogan, Jennie Miller
Chair -Sarah Supp
2014-2015 (founding officers)
Chair – Daniel Scholes
Vice Chair – Sarah Supp
Secretary – Daniel Stanton