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Geri Unger
Executive Director
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Geri Unger joined SCB as Executive Director in 2013. Geri is a systems ecologist, conservation biologist and educator. She has worked in fundraising, in formal and informal education, in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, both in North America and abroad. Prior to joining SCB, Geri was Director of Education and Research at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. 

Mark Burgman
Conservation Biology

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.


Lauren Bailey
Development Coordinator
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Lauren Bailey joined SCB as the Development Coordinator in 2014. Trained as a wildlife ecologist, she has conducted research on avian community dynamics, invasive & endangered species management, and pollinators & natural enemies. Lauren has worked extensively in ecological research, education and outreach over the past 15 years. She earned a BA in Anthropology from New York University, and a MS in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University. Most recently, she worked as a Conservation Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy’s Michigan chapter.

Laure Cugnière
Conference Coordinator

Laure joined the SCB as a Conference Coordinator in February 2015. A French native, Laure has gained a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary profile working for various conservation non-profits in Peru, the UK and USA, in areas as diverse as project coordination, communication, education, event planning and volunteer management. Laure also has a Master’s Degree in Conservation and Tourism from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from NEOMA Business School, France, with a specialization in Communication and Marketing.

Erin Eastwood
North American Policy Program Assistant
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Erin joined SCB as the North American Policy Program Assistant in September 2015, and has been the Social Media Editor for the journal Conservation Biology since 2013. She graduated from Columbia University with an MA in Conservation Biology, where her research focused on population connectivity in coral reef organisms and marine conservation in the South Pacific. Erin also has a passion for science communication, and has produced animated videos for SCB and TED Ed and volunteered as a diver and educator at the Long Beach Aquarium and California Science Center.

Shonda Gilliland Foster
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program Coordinator
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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. 

Matt Herbert
Membership and Communications Associate

Matt Herbert joined SCB as a Membership and Communications Associate 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.

Frith C. Jarrad
Managing Editor, 
Conservation Biology

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.

Lauren Krizel
Operations Manager
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After graduating from American University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Public Communication, Lauren joined SCB as Administrative Assistant in August of 2011. Lauren has worked as an intern at several DC nonprofits and as a writer for Rails to Trails magazine. Lauren is pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management at George Washington University.

Ellen Main
Senior Editor, Conservation Biology
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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.

Cathy McIntosh

Cathy McIntosh is native of Florida and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in Computer Science. After spending several years working for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and the Northern California areas, she and her family relocated to Northern Virginia, where she has served as the webmaster for SCB since April 2007.

Doug Parsons
North American Policy Director
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Doug Parsons joined SCB in June, 2014 as the North American Policy Director. Doug's background is in policy development and education. Prior to joining the SCB team, Doug was the Climate Change Liaison with the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program. Doug has a Master's Degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia. He has worked on climate change issues for the past decade in Florida and in Queensland, Australia.

Warren Sander
Finance Director

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.

Nathan Spillman
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Nate joined SCB as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator in August 2011. Prior to joining SCB, he worked for the Arlington County Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior associations-related experience includes work for the NAACP and the Community Associations Institute.


Membership Staff

For questions about membership, please contact our Membership Services staff at:

Society for Conservation Biology
1313 Dolley Madison Blvd, Suite 402
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-790-1745    
Fax: 703-790-2672