SCB Board Elections Candidate Profiles

Welcome to the Candidates' Profile Page for the 2019 SCB Board of Governors election. This year, SCB members will vote for President-elect, Vice President for Programs, Officer for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The ballot is open from 11 March to 4 April 2019.

Know the Candidates Before You Vote
Candidates answered a questionnaire on why they want to serve on the board, how they can help SCB advance its mission, and what they feel is most important to SCB's organizational development. Read the candidates' replies below before you cast your ballot!

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Candidates for Office

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​The Society thanks all of the candidates for their commitment to serve SCB and for standing in the election! If you have questions or encounter difficulty logging in to cast your vote, email info@conbio.org. 


Candidates for President Elect
 

Name: Heather DeCaluwe |CV
Residence: Colorado, United States
Professional Affiliation: Consultant
SCB Member Since: 2005

Previous BoG Experience: Secretary and Treasurer
 
Previous SCB Activities: Worked for SCB for approximately eight years including most recently as the Interim Executive Director (ED).  Co-chaired the search committee for the new ED.  Served on the ICCB 2013 local organizing committee.
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
I’ve been involved with SCB for 12 years now, and am passionate about seeing it continue to move forward and fulfill its important role in the conservation landscape.  SCB is poised to truly live into its mission as a sustainable, inclusive, and relevant entity, one which enables 21st century conservation practitioners to connect with each other and engage with new ideas, and which cultivates the leaders of tomorrow. My mission would be to solidify the leadership structure and implement best practices to ensure a board that operates efficiently, is responsive to its members and the current conservation landscape, and welcomes all.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
The most important parts of SCB’s mission are community-building and mentoring/training.  SCB cultivates an inclusive community of conservation researchers and practitioners, who find ways to collaborate, create, and disseminate innovative ideas through congresses and publications.  SCB trains members of this community to be the conservation leaders of tomorrow, empowering them to engage in critical advocacy, outreach, and provide solutions to ultimately conserve earth’s biodiversity. 

Strategic analysis by the board has identified several ways to further strengthen SCB’s training and mentoring of future leaders, including developing greater capacity to support practitioners, and establishing pathways to empower our members to participate in policy dialogue. If elected, a key priority would be to follow through and implement these programs to support one of SCB’s most critical roles. 

To better support SCB’s function as a meeting place for our members, it is important that we continue as a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a truly global society, it is imperative that we develop platforms and norms which encourage, value, and empower all our members, to leverage our diverse and talented membership in confronting the imminent crisis of tomorrow.  It would also be a priority to diversify our meetings from a field of study standpoint, to help foster cross-cutting interdisciplinary work.  Doing so would help broaden the reach and impact of the research findings and conservation practice work, to help develop solutions to the major crises facing the Earth.

What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
There have been significant recent changes to SCB’s organization, including new leadership in the executive office (EO) and increased section autonomy. Particularly, it is critical at this juncture to solidify the financial model for SCB as a whole, in this new era of section growth, and to continue strengthening the working relationship between the Board and the EO.

Given my years of experience both with the EO and the board, as the president-elect I will work hard to ensure the board works effectively with EO staff to meet the Society’s objectives. Given my experience, perhaps the strongest asset I would bring to the president-elect position would be comprehensive institutional knowledge. Considering recent changes, it is necessary to understand where the Society has been and what factors have brought it to where it currently stands.  With this information, the Board and EO staff can decide what final steps are required to continue our progress, to form an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable organization that is best able to support the work of our global members.

For more detail on me and my views about SCB, please see two recent articles I authored:

Scientia

Research Focus, starting on p. 56.



Name: Antony Lynam, Ph.D. |CV
Residence: Bangkok, Thailand
Professional Affiliation: Wildlife Conservation Society
SCB Member Since: 1987

Previous BoG Experience: SCB Asia Section President 2017-2019 and BoG member 2017-2019

Previous SCB Activities: I have actively participated in SCB conferences since 1988 when I attended my first international meeting in Davis, California. As a graduate student at UC San Diego I presented at most of the SCB conferences up until the mid-1990s. After moving to Thailand with my work I became a member of Asia Section in the mid-2000s and became a board member in 2013.  I participated in the SCB Asia 2014 meeting in Melaka, Malaysia and helped organize Conservation Asia 2016 and 2018 conferences in Singapore and Bishkek, respectively. I helped set up SCB Chapters in Bangladesh and Thailand and joined activities organized by Korea and China Chapters. I have made an effort to meet and engage with SCB members in other sections and participated in the NACCB in Toronto and ICCB in Cartagena. I am a member of the Marine Section and Conservation Technology Working Group.  I have encouraged my colleagues in the conservation NGO world to participate in and share their experiences conducting conservation on the ground (and at sea) at SCB conferences. I have worked to create opportunities for students and early career conservationists, especially from developing countries, to participate in SCB conferences.

Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
Over the course of my career in conservation science, I’ve been a member of SCB in many capacities; as an undergraduate and part-time government worker in Australia, as a graduate student and then post-doc in the US, and as a conservation practitioner and trainer in developing Asia and East Africa.  In each of these stages I have had different needs from our Society and have come to understand how membership in the Society can mean different things to different people. As President of SCB Asia Section I am working to represent the interests of 640+ members scattered across a diverse range of countries, ethnic and religious groups and career stages.  As President-elect I will work to ensure that all members are served and supported by our Society, that membership remains relevant across career stages, and that there is value in membership that well exceeds the cost of participation.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
Our Society’s mission is to advance the science and practice of conserving biodiversity. Given this the important roles for SCB are to serve as a source of current knowledge and information on threats to biodiversity, help articulate the challenges facing conservation, and promote the use of the best available science for informing the policy for addressing the challenges and creating management solutions.  I believe the most important way for SCB to do these things is to mobilize its members around the world to share their research and best practices for implementing conservation solutions. We can do this by focusing on one of our strategic priorities; empowering Sections, Committees, Working Groups & Chapters to build local, national & international capacity. As President-elect I will work to strengthen the role that our 7 regional Sections play in guiding the work of our Society, ensure Sections have necessary support for running their conferences and maximizing participation, and promote the creation of new Chapters and expansion of our membership, especially in developing countries and other parts of the world where SCB is not well recognized. I will work with the ICCB Steering Committee and Executive Office to ensure that members are able to participate in our global meetings regardless of income, religion, race or gender. I will work to strengthen the scientific outputs from our conferences, to ensure there are lessons learnt from our plenaries, symposia and workshops that can be applied in practice, and promote the publication of best conservation policy and practice in our journals and in the wider conservation literature.
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
I have seen SCB grow from a largely North American-focused organization, to one that has more than 4000 members spread across 40 local chapters around the world.  I believe that embracing the diversity of thought and viewpoints within our membership while maintaining focus on a common vision for implementing strategic priorities is the key to our Society’s development as a leading conservation organization.  My experience designing and implementing conservation solutions across a range of countries, systems of governance, cultures and religions in Australia, North America, Asia and East Africa has taught me much about the diversity of methods and approaches and ways of thinking about conservation problems. I can help embrace the diversity within SCB through recognizing the different needs and desires of our members across the regional Sections and Chapter, allowing leaders the flexibility to develop and implement their own workplans while at the same time furthering the openness and transparency of the Society.  I will work with the Executive Office, the Board of Governors, and SCB Committees to ensure the execution of the Society’s fifth strategic plan (2021-2025) including a sound financial plan to ensure the Society’s development is sustainable.


Name: Edward Christien Parsons, Ph.D. | CV
Residence: Virginia, United States
Professional Affiliation: Freelance
SCB Member Since: 1995

Previous BoG Experience: Board of Governors [09-16], Conference Chair [13-15], Conference Committee [13-19], Policy Committee [07-15], Chapters Committee [15-17]

Previous SCB Activities:  In addition to BoG experience, Marine Section President [09-11 & 11-13], Board of Directors [06-16], Policy Chair [07-09], Policy Committee [07-18], Student Matters Chair [06-07]

Conservation Marketing & Engagement Working Group: Co-Founder, Board of Directors [15-18], Treasurer [15-17], Conference Chair [17-18]

1st International Conservation Marketing & Engagement Congress: Chair [17-18], Organizing Committee

5th International Marine Conservation Congress: Organizing Committee [16-18], Chair - Publication Committee [16-18], Sponsorship Committee [16-18]

4th International Marine Conservation Congress: Scientific Program Committee [15-16], Fundraising Committee [15-16], Publication Committee (Chair) [15-16], Oceans Online Org. Committee [15-16]

27th International Congress for Conservation Biology: Executive Committee [14-15], Organising Committee [14-15], Scientific Committee [14-15]

3rd International Marine Conservation Congress: Chair [11-14], Organising Committee [11-14], Scientific Committee [11-14]

26th International Congress for Conservation Biology: Vice-Chair [11-13], Chair - Program Committee [11-13]

2nd International Marine Conservation Congress: joint-Chair - Program Committee [09-11], Steering Committee [09-11]
 
1st International Marine Conservation Congress: Local Organiser [07-09], Director - Local Organising Secretariat [07-09], Chair - Sustainability Committee [07-09], Steering Committee [07-09], Scientific Program Committee [07-09]

22nd International Congress for Conservation Biology: Scientific Program Committee [07-08]

David H. Smith Fellowship: Review Board [08-]

Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
The SCB is evolving – it’s becoming more dynamic and more inter-disciplinary. I wholeheartedly embrace this evolution, and wish to see the society become even more international, more innovative, and more active in the international policy arena.

I would like to see the SCB being the one of the first bodies that policy-makers, NGOs, and the media turn to when it wants the best scientific advice on conservation issues – a society that is offered a seat at the table at policy and strategy meetings because it has an internationally respected and acknowledged profile.

We need to go beyond producing journals and organizing conferences and be more engaged on the front lines of conservation in the Anthropocene.

In addition to getting a seat at the table in conservation decision- and policy-making, we can help build capacity in the non-North American Sections: we need to recruit up and coming conservation scientists in these regions and help to empower them, and provide them with the access to skills and resources they need.

“Many individuals are doing what they can. But real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and in our economics and in our politics.” - David Attenborough.

What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
SCB is a society of scientists (natural and social) and contains both established experts and those who are at earlier stages in their career. This the Society’s unique niche compared to other conservation NGOs and organisations. Therefore, a priority should be to connect these scientists to those who need scientific information and expertise: policy-makers, management agencies, NGOs, etc. A major priority of SCB should be to increase awareness within the society of scientific activities that are being undertaken by stakeholders, and to build bridges between those stakeholders and those society members with related expertise. This could be done via briefings to agencies and NGOs about what SCB has to offer, in addition to databases of skills and talent available. The SCB office can play an important role as a facilitator. While SCB’s main office in Washington DC allows interaction with US-based groups, a major push to play a bridging role outside of the US is especially important.  

In addition to building bridges, we also need to reduce barriers for conservation scientists – this includes removing barriers for scientists from developing countries, but also for scientists from poor or minority and underrepresented backgrounds, female scientists, LGBTQ scientists, scientists with young families and early career scientists. Diversity is as important for the conservation community as it is for ecosystems.

“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.” - Albert Einstein

What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
The sections and the working groups are where some of the most innovative and effective conservation ideas and interventions occur. I’ve been involved in helping sections and working groups grow – primarily the Marine Section and the Conservation Marketing and Engagement working group. I helped both groups to be the first section and working group, respectively, to produce their own stand-alone conferences, and helped gather sufficient funds to develop their own unique programs and projects. Aiding sections and working groups to build capacity, whilst ensuring that they have good governance structures, and are financially stable, is essential to the growth and effectiveness of SCB.

However, SCB’s core activities also need to be managed and safeguarded. I have been involved in the organising of seven SCB meetings and have substantial experience with journal editing (including being managing/executive editor) and communication (especially social media). I can help ensure our meeting programs are successful, do not compete with each other, are financially robust and help promote the mission of SCB, whilst providing members with excellent content. I can also help the journals increase their profile and visibility whilst dealing with issues such as accessibility, representation and impact. I can also increase the visibility of SCB in general so that decision-makers know who we are and turn to us for advice.    

 "Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." – Oliver Wendell Holmes


Candidates for Vice President for Programs and Nominees
 

Name: Tanja Crk | CV
Residence: Virginia, United States
Professional Affiliation: Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
SCB Member Since: 2015
 
Previous SCB Activities: President of the DC Chapter of the SCB (i.e., SCBinDC)
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
Given my experience as Vice President and President of the DC Chapter, which is uniquely led by an all conservation professional (as opposed to student-led board) as well as my academic background in conservation biology and international affairs, and professional background in environmental policy, I believe I have a lot to contribute to the role of Vice President for Programs. I understand and support the SCB strategic plan - in particular, the advancement of applied research and organizational capacity building.  I have several ideas about potential programs including support of local conferences and ways to bolster local advocacy initiatives through SCB chapters.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
SCB’s mission is to advance the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity. The SCB serves a role to publish critical interdisciplinary research and act as a convenor among practitioners spanning multiple sectors in order to share best practices and inform policy decisions. The SCB does this at multiple scales of organization (regional sections, local chapters, working groups) and outlets such as conferences, published literature, and social media. The SCB also aims to support current trends in conservation marketing as well as local conservation and advocacy initiatives. I would provide perspective from the local chapter level, highlighting needs that could help streamline and strengthen connections across scales of organization and leverage the available resources (and those in development) for local chapter efforts in support of SCB’s mission.
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
In my opinion, the most important elements regarding organizational development of SCB are communication and support of local chapters. That is, communication internal to the organization that includes dialogue across programs, working groups, chapters, sections, from the field, and to the top levels of organization; effective communication bridges organizational silos and builds understanding in the shared mission. External communication such as through the SCB newsletters are an excellent outlet for information sharing. Additional outreach to conservation practitioners and webinars that highlight their work could increase member engagement and participation. Based on a recent DC Chapter survey, for example, we know that members are eager to learn best practices in research, policy, and professional development in their field. With the SCB resources and member base, individuals, groups, and local initiatives can be highlighted throughout the year and accessed remotely.

 

Name: Melissa Price | CV
Residence: Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, United States 
Professional Affiliation: Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
SCB Member Since: 2014
 
Previous SCB Activities: 

In 2016 helped set up the first chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology in the state of Hawaiʻi. Since then have served as faculty adviser for the Hawaiʻi chapter board. 

Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
As we work in our local regions toward conservation goals, it is easy to feel as if we are fighting an uphill battle, alone, against powerful forces. Yet the challenges we face are often not unique to our regions, and as such, we belong to a creative, passionate, and dynamic global community of conservation professionals working to apply innovative solutions to wicked problems. Global partnerships strengthen our regional resolve and allow us to achieve gains that are larger than any region could accomplish independently. In Hawaiʻi, as we face a daunting extinction crisis, we recognize the need for novel solutions and measurable gains in species conservation. As prospective VP of Programs, I have experience working across diverse stakeholder groups to solve complex conservation problems, integrate indigenous knowledge and multiple value systems into decision frameworks, and develop novel conservation education programs. I look forward to working with SCB committees and programs to achieve global conservation goals in management, policy, and education.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
One of the most important roles of SCB is to connect policy, practice, and education as integrated strategies. Through global and regional meetings, committees, working groups, and chapter organizations, SCB works to network conservation professionals and practitioners, impact policy, and promote effective educational strategies. A major role of the VP of Programs is to not only support and strengthen individual programs, but to also identify areas of potential synergy across these programs. Major leaps in progress may result from interactions among people with diverse worldviews, interests, and approaches to problem solving. I bring experience working across the natural and social sciences, bridging multicultural frameworks, and connecting policy, practice, and education to achieve conservation goals. In this role, I look forward to working across SCB’s global networks to connect people, committee efforts, and organizations.  
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
Diverse teams are more innovative, thus, I look forward to contributing to a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation community. In Hawaiʻi, I have had the opportunity to listen across multicultural frameworks, integrate indigenous knowledge alongside molecular and behavioral ecology research, and observe the impact of novel approaches that bridge indigenous practices with state policies to improve conservation outcomes. Projects in my lab span diverse taxonomic groups, including native waterbirds, seabirds, owls, and tree snails, as well as nonnative but culturally important game species such as pigs. We work alongside conservation professionals to identify research questions that are most likely to improve conservation decision making and outcomes, while informing effective policies. While pursuing research activities that improve policy and management, I also have worked to develop educational programs to inform and engage community members. Over the last two years I partnered with a team of 30 artists, composers, educators, and conservation professionals to develop the Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds, which has now been performed by the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra for over 8000 children and community members, teaching them about birds we have lost, those we have yet to save, and what they can do to help.

 

Name: Ahmet Uludag | CV
Residence:  Çanakkale, Turkey
Professional Affiliation: Professor, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
SCB Member Since: 2015
 
Previous SCB Activities: Member of Europe and Asia Sections. Trying to attend meetings and establish a Chapter.
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
I think this is the more technical position in the board. I am sure I can be innovative in this position. My previous work experience such as project manager in European Environment Agency, Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and positions several universities including dean give me talent to develop programs and related activities because all of these requires seeing broader picture.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
Our ultimate aim as far as I understand is to conserve the Earth, which requires a sustainable approach. Without developing a scientific background, conservationists might fail to reach the aims. One of the most important points to conserve the earth every single person could understand importance of biodiversity and apply principles of conservation biology in their life. Understanding and implementing have huge cultural background. Then, making organization more local level will be helpful. I think I can help to achieve this. Harmonized action among different disciplines, practitioners, and any citizens will be my main concern.
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
I believe we need to focus on local and regional works. I am one of the founder of East and South European Network on Invasive Alien Species. We have kept it alive and active in spite of no regular money we had. I think I can promote local networks and activities under SCB.

Candidates for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer

 

Name: Ellen Hines
Residence:  United States
Professional Affiliation: Associate Director, Professor; Estuary & Ocean Science Center, San Francisco State University
SCB Member Since: 1994

Previous SCB Activities: Longtime SCB volunteer, most recently as a representative on the Society's Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee; and co-chair and steering committee member of IMCC meetings; Asia and Marine Section member. 
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer?
I've been the LGBT representative in the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee for several years now and look forward to representing this Committee on the Board of Governors.  I'm glad to see this important position on the BOG and believe I can openly represent and contribute the important priorities of the Committee. I was previously the President of the Marine Section for 2 terms and enjoyed working with the BOG. I was instrumental in planning the first two IMCC regional conferences.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
As shown in the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, the commonalities which run through the SCB mission are to support the highest quality science, disseminate that science for education and policy and support the members of the Society.  I take this very seriously, having been a member of SCB since 1994, and a member of the Science and Publication Committee for many years, assisting in the creation of the latest journal, Conservation Science and Practice.  I especially support the strategic focus of building local, national and international capacity.  My work is mostly international, cross-disciplinary, and I am dedicated to training and collaborating with local scientists over the long-term and from the ground up.  For the past 20 years, I have done research in SE Asia, Central and South America. I have as well served a term as a board member of the Asian regional section. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing new groups of society members from all over the world.  As the EID Office, I would use my experience and contacts to help build extend capacity to include diverse members and encourage more national and international participation. 
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
Besides my experience in SCB, I have been very involved in the Society for Marine Mammalogy.  I joined in planning a large Biennial Conference, and was on the Scientific Advisory Committee, similar activities to my SCB involvement.  I have also been on the Ethics Committee since 2016, and instigated a code of conduct for Society Conferences, which is now standard in all programs and on websites.  I also helped to plan LGBTIQ socials for the last three Biennials. Most importantly for me, a sense of inclusion is basic and critical.   We cannot in conscience reach out to those from diverse backgrounds and cultures without first doing the inner work that creates a safe space and at best a sense of belonging for all of our members.

 

Name: Angela Smith (Angie) | CV
Residence:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Professional Affiliation: Director of Natural Resources, Three Rivers District Park
SCB Member Since: 2002 (on again-off again)
 
Previous SCB Activities: limited previous engagement, except an avid reader of articles and attended a couple SCB conferences
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
We are a small group of professionals trying to implement global initiatives to conserve biodiversity. The only feasible way to reach our mission is to act as one society - a Society for Conservation Biology. We all hail from different parts of the world with different backgrounds and different experiences that have helped create who we are as individuals and yet, we resolve to meet a common goal through a common voice. Many of you may wonder "do I belong; can I contribute" and I am here to say, "Yes, you belong, and you are a valued contributor and member of this society." As a member of the LGBTQ population within the natural sciences, I represent but one small minority within the greater whole and believe it is critically important to ensure diversity, inclusion and equity is a cornerstone of all we do. I understand the need to be a voice for myself as well as all of those individual and collective voices I represent. I vow to work closely with other underrepresented segments of our society to ensure an equitable mindset and inclusive practices are promoted and become pervasive throughout our organization.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
Grassroots initiatives. Conservation education. Policy changes. Global climate action. So many critical paths and strategic planning initiatives - and, yet, strategic planning is nothing but a document on the shelf without an implementation plan and follow-up assessments. As a member of the SCB’s Board of Governors, I would help create vision for the grassroots roles and help empower those local and regional sections, working groups, and committees who can help facilitate change where they reside. I truly believe in the power of strategic planning and global dialog, but know and understand that it takes a local, focused effort to help build buy-in, empower local advocates, and facilitate a sandwiched version of top-down strategy with bottom-up implementation. As the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Officer, I would help facilitate conversations about how to best engage with underrepresented populations to ensure they have a voice and find creative ways to become even more inclusive. We are all aiming for a common goal and our diversity of experiences, cultures and backgrounds will help us find innovative solutions to meet our current and future challenges.
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
Having a common vision and speaking with a common voice is critical to successful organizations. All of us have been through change, and it is the ability of a leadership team to lead through these changes that can facilitate success or failure. Granted, failure is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as we learn from our mistakes and make adjustments moving into the future. I have been an on-again, off-again member of SCB for many years and never felt fully engaged in the organization. Partially my own fault, for which I take responsibility, but partially because it is difficult to identify ways to individually contribute unless a menu of opportunities is presented. I would help the Board of Governors identify ways to best engage with and ensure all members of our society feel they have a voice and are able to contribute. And I know this to be especially important for underrepresented populations within our community. There are globally significant challenges on the horizon and it is up to us to determine how we can best meet these challenges, work with a collective voice, and perpetuate local, regional, and global biodiversity into the future.

Candidate for Secretary

 

Name: Lionel Yamb | CV
Residence:  Yaoundé, Cameroon
Professional Affiliation: Aquatic Assistant Researcher, African Marine Mammal Conservation Organisation (AMMCO), Cameroon
SCB Member Since: 2018
 
Previous SCB Activities: 
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
As an early career wildlife conservationist, serving on the SCB Board of Governors is first of all a great opportunity for me to build strong professional ties in conservation field that will help me throughout my career. I heard about SCB when i started working for conservation in 2016. I really appreciate what the Society is doing to support conservation efforts around the world and I wish to bring my contribute to that. I am very comfortable with recording and documentation and I can put this to the benefit of the Society by serving in the position for Secretary. I served in Secretary and Treasurer positions in two student associations when I was at University and I learned a lot from these experiences particularity on how to perform administrative tasks, how to develop and implement office procedures, how to manage databases, manage legal documents, reports and texts. I believe SCB needs a new dynamic and new ideas to continue progressing and move forward.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
The complex challenges of wildlife conservation today demand interdisciplinary approaches that can help in solving conservation problems. I think the most important part of SCB’s mission is to succeed in creating strong collaboration ties amongst professionals, students, organizations, and supporters from different fields around the world who will bring together their ideas to further conservation science. For this reason it is important SCB continues to be an attractive platform by improving his services in order to meet current and potential member needs. As I’m also an early career wildlife conservationist, I know expectations that a young conservationist might have from an organization like SCB. I will suggest new approaches and ideas that will make the platform more attractive, improving its services in order to always meet current and potential member needs. I'm affiliated with some organizations with almost the same goals than SCB. I will reproduce good ideas that work and that are applied elsewhere in order to further our Society.
 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
For me, the most important to the organizational development of SCB is a good communication and collaboration between different members and organizations within the Society. As we are a globally diverse community of professionals, students, organizations, and supporters, I think good communication and collaboration under equity and inclusion are very important aspects to be considered. I also believe SCB must be able to count on motivated and hardworking men and women in order to improve its organizational development. As I have served in many diversified student organizations I know how to manage people and ideas to help move the organization forward. I know working in a diversified organization like SCB can be a very big challenge but I think diversity is also a wealth and strength. I had a wide range of experiences that I feel have prepared me for promoting SCB’s organisational development. These experiences include managing and working with a range of University students from different age groups including young and adults, from different academic levels, social range, ethnic and all being from a range of disciplines. Specific roles included being a Secretary of an association that manages student affairs, Treasurer and Project Manager.

Candidate for Treasurer

 

Name: Jennifer Thornhill, Ph.D. | CV
Residence:  Corvallis, Oregon, United States
Professional Affiliation:  Fiscal Administrator for Grants and Contracts, Institute for Applied Ecology; Affiliate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
SCB Member Since: 2006
 
Previous SCB Activities: I attended ICCB meetings in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, and NACCB in 2014.  I served on the Board of the Washington DC Chapter of SCB for four years (Chief Financial Officer from 2007 – 2008; President from 2008 – 2009; Past President from 2009 – 2010 and from 2013 – 2014).  I also served on SCB Ecological Footprint Committee from 2008-2014.  In addition to these activities, I co-organized a two-day Chapters workshop at ICCB 2008 and served as a volunteer at most of the ICCB meetings that I attended. I am a member of the North America Section and the Social Science Working Group.
 
Why do you want to serve as an SCB Officer? 
Since becoming a SCB member in 2006, I have sought opportunities to be of service to the organization. I served on the Board of the DC Chapter for four years and on the Ecological Footprint Committee for six years. Since then, I have gained additional fiscal administration and board experience and served as the Treasurer on two other not-for-profit boards. I have also been a Budget Officer in the Federal Government and a Fiscal Administrator for a non-profit organization. I’m excited about the opportunity to draw on this experience and to serve SCB as Treasurer on the Board of Governors.
 
What are the most important parts of SCB’s mission and what are the most important roles SCB should undertake to advance its mission? How can you help SCB fulfil those roles? 
SCB plays a critical role in fostering connections -- connections between scientists of different generations, disciplines, locations, and cultures as well as connections between scientists, practitioners, educators and the public.  I believe that these connections help to further SCB’s mission and strategic priorities through enabling the creation and dissemination of defensible conservation science as well as advancing the application of conservation science to management, policy and education.

For the Society to continue to build organizational capacity SCB needs to continue to make sound financial decisions, and I have a strong background in budgeting and fiscal oversight. As a Budget Officer and Program Analyst at the U.S National Science Foundation (NSF), I coordinated the execution of a budget of over $250 million (USD) as well as the formulation, justification, and analysis of a $1.30 billion (USD) U.S. Congressional budget request for the NSF’s Geosciences Directorate.  These experiences, as well as my experience at the Treasurer for three not-for-profit governing boards, have prepared me to serve as the Treasurer on the SCB Board of Governors.  I will work to ensure that the Society is engaging in sound financial practices that will allow SCB to continue to support the programs, sections and groups that foster important conservation connections. 

 
What is most important to the organizational development of SCB? Describe experiences that have prepared you to promote SCB’s development as an organization. 
Financial stability and integrity are critical to every facet of SCB’s mission and organizational development.  I believe that my background as a scientist, fiscal administrator and project manager makes me an ideal candidate for the Treasurer position. As a conservation scientist, the mission and strategic priorities of SCB mirror my own values.  Since my first year as a conservation biology graduate student, I have actively supported the organization by volunteering at annual meetings and other events, organizing ICCB workshops and other local events, and serving on the board of the Washington DC Chapter and SCB’s Ecological Footprint Committee. 

As the current Fiscal Administrator for a non-profit organization and a former Budget Officer and Program Analyst for the U.S. National Science Foundation, I understand the importance of sound financial practices and oversight to the mission of an organization.  I am committed to the strong stewardship of the Society’s finances and to decisions and actions that will result in SCB’s solid, sustained financial performance.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve our society in this new capacity.