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Dr. Debborah Luke
Executive Director

dluke@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x7102

Debborah (Debi) Luke joined SCB in 2017 and has an extensive executive-level background working in a membership services organization and more than 20 years of conservation science, research, and program development and management experience.  She holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of South Florida where her research focused on manatee sensory biology. Debi launched the Manatee Care and Research Department while working at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Florida and obtained the first John H. Prescott Grant for the Hawaiian Islands while serving as Director of Education and Research at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.  Most recently, Debi served as the Senior Vice President of Conservation and Science for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as where she was instrumental in initiating SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction, a collaborative science-based conservation program that helps AZA members increase their direct involved in conservation efforts.

Warren Sander
Chief Financial Officer

wsander@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x7109

Warren’s experience extends through both the non-profit and for-profit spheres, encompassing both community-based and international perspectives. Having held senior management positions in banking and higher education, he has most recently served as the CFO of a private non-profit university in Virginia. He earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary, holds a BA in Political Science/International Studies, and has studied extensively in South Korea and mainland China.

 

Shonda Gilliland Foster
David H. Smith Conservation
Research Fellowship Program Director
sfoster@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x7101

Shonda has coordinated the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program since its move to the Society for Conservation Biology in 2005. She is a graduate of the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology Master’s program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her research focused on the valuation of ecosystem services provided by the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System. Originally from Michigan, Shonda received her BA in Social Relations and Political Theory from Michigan State University and then followed that with two years in the congressional office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin before pursuing her graduate studies. 

Nathan Spillman
Membership & Communications Manager
nspillman@conbio.org or membership@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x7114

Nate joined SCB in August 2011. Prior associations-related experience includes work for the NAACP and the Community Associations Institute.

Matt Herbert
Membership and Communications Associate

mherber@conbio.org or membership@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x7107

Matt Herbert joined SCB in April 2015. Prior to joining SCB, Matt was a reporter at Environment and Energy Publishing in Washington D.C. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a BA in journalism and a minor in conservation biology. He has interned at National Geographic and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

   

Megan Cort
Administrative Assistant
mcort@conbio.org​ 
202-234-4133 x7106

Megan earned her Bachelors in Environmental and Sustainable Studies with a concentration in Political Ecology at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Her senior thesis focused on international environmental conflict resolution. Prior to joining SCB, Megan worked in Southern Jordan for an adventure desert camp. She has held multiple internships; including her position at the Embassy of Jordan and as a biology research assistant during college.

 

 

 

 

Mark Burgman
Editor-in-Chief
Conservation Biology

mburgman@conbio.org

 

Mark A. Burgman is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis in Australia and the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany at the University of Melbourne. His research is in ecological modelling, conservation biology, biosecurity and risk assessment. He has worked on models for a broad range of species and regulatory settings including marine fisheries, forestry, irrigation, electrical power utilities, mining, and national park planning.  He received a BSc from the University of New South Wales (1974), an MSc from Macquarie University, Sydney (1981), and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York (1987). He worked as a consultant ecologist and research scientist in Australia, the United States and Switzerland during the 1980’s before joining the University of Melbourne in 1990. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology in 2006.

 

 

 

Ellen Main
Senior Editor 
Conservation Biology

emain@conbio.org
202-234-4133 x308

Ellen Main has worked on Conservation Biology since 1993 as editorial assistant, managing editor, and currently as senior editor. She has a BS in Biology and an MS in scientific communications. Her previous experiences include work on an oceanographic book series, a science-education magazine, and an extracurricular science education program. She works out of her home in Florida.

 

 

 

Frith Jarrad
Managing Editor
Conservation Biology

fjarrad@conbio.org

Frith C. Jarrad joined SCB as Managing Editor in late 2013. Frith has held academic research positions in the fields of conservation biology and ecology at the School of Botany, the University of Melbourne, and the School of Mathematical Sciences, the Queensland University of Technology. She received Bachelor degrees in Science and Forest Science with Honours (2001) and PhD (2009) from the University of Melbourne. Frith is based in Melbourne, Australia.