North America Section
SCB's North America Section represents much of the North American region, including Canada and the United States. However, Mexico is included within SCB's Latin America and Caribbean (LACA) Section. The North America section is the largest of the Society's seven regional Sections. The North America Section has an active policy committee and dozens of active local chapters. The North America Section plays an important role in collaborating with other science and wildlife interest groups based in North America, including collaborative meetings such as regional conservation symposiums and national transportation science conferences.
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Announcing New Members for SCB North America Board
To those of you who voted in the SCB North America election – thank you! The votes are in, and we are excited to announce the following new members of the SCB North American Board, with terms beginning 1 July 2017:
President-Elect: Karen Root, Department of Biological Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Treasurer: Kristin Carden, Earthjustice, Northern Rockies Office, Bozeman, MT
Vice President for Policy & Programs: Brett Hartl, Government Affairs Director, Center for Biological Diversity, Washington, D.C.
Vice President for Education & Chapters: Steve Trombulak, Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program, Middlebury College, Vermont
Chapters Representative: Rebecca McCaffery, U.S. Geological Survey, Olympic National Park, WA
Student Representative: Sarah Klain, Geography, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, Oregon State University
Invasive Species Suppression: USDA Bulletin produced from NACCB 2016 Proceedings
The April 2017 USDA Forest Service Bulletin edited by Roy Van Driesche and Richard Reardon is now available. This bulletin was produced from the proceedings of SCBNA’S NACCB 2016 Symposia: “Use of Biological Control for the Protection of Biodiversity and Native Ecosystems” by organizers: Roy Van Driesche, Dept. of Environ. Conserv., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Dan Simberloff, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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*Remember to mark your calendars from NACCB 2018‘s Call for Symposia, Short Course, and Workshop Proposals, opening in late August of this year!
What’s next after the Science March? New paper suggests eight actions
A group of authors associated with both SCBNA and several other scientific organizations working on scientific integrity issues has just posted a preprint (link) of a new paper entitled “Defending Scientific Integrity In Conservation Policy Processes: Lessons From Canada, Australia, And The United States.” This manuscript is currently undergoing peer review at a scientific journal. The authors posted a pre-print due to the relevance of this topic to the March for Science and related current efforts to promote scientific integrity. This work represents a collaboration between academics from three nations, scientific societies (Society for Conservation Biology and its North America and Oceania sections, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution), and NGO scientists working on scientific integrity issues at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Evidence for Democracy, and the Center for Biological Diversity.
The paper concludes “To ensure the integrity of outbound communication from government scientists to public, we suggest that governments strengthen scientific integrity policies, include scientists’ right to speak freely in collective bargaining agreements, guarantee public access to scientific information, and strengthen agency culture supporting scientific integrity. To ensure the transparency and integrity with which information from non-governmental scientists (e.g., submitted comments or formal policy reviews) informs the policy process, we suggest that governments broaden the scope of independent reviews, ensure greater diversity of expert input with transparency regarding conflicts of interest, require substantive response to input from agencies, and engage proactively with scientific societies. For their part, scientists and scientific societies have a civic responsibility to engage with the wider public to affirm that science is a crucial resource for developing evidence-based policy and regulations that are in the public interest.”
March for Science: Know Your Rights
We encourage anyone planning to participate in the April 22 March for Science, April 29 People’s Climate March, or other public demonstration to read and distribute the pamphlet available at the link below; more informed science advocates will result in safer, more successful marches.
500 Women Scientists will March for Science
February 20, 2017
Many of SCB North America’s members, including President-elect Dr. Jessa Madosky, are supporting efforts by 500 Women Scientists. 500 Women Scientists will proudly support the March for Science on April 22, 2017. More info: 500 Women Scientists will March for Science – Medium
Marching for Science, across the Globe
February 20, 2017
SCB North America and its members are supporting the March for Science. More info soon. Satellite marches across the globe aim to stand in solidarity with US scientists and highlight issues in their home countries. More info: Marching for Science, from Berlin to Sydney | The Scientist Magazine®
Update on Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Actions
February 7, 2017
SCBNA actively engages with representatives of federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other professional societies to work towards increasing diversity and inclusion in the field of conservation science. SCBNA President-Elect Jessa Madosky is leading up a new SCBNA Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee which will help us advance this important work despite policy changes occurring under the new US administration. SCBNA, with Jessa as our representative, has joined the new national Diversity Joint Venture (a partnership with Federal, State, NGO, Universities, and Scientific societies to increase the diversity in the conservation workforce) as a founding partner. SCBNA is also networking with and supporting new groups such as the 500 Women Scientists and the March for Science in calling for support of and respect for science and scientists (as well as inclusivity in the sciences).
SCBNA Policy Update
February 7, 2017
Although the results of the recent US elections will bring major changes in US federal government policies that affect biodiversity conservation, SCBNA is committed to remaining a strong voice for promoting the application of rigorous science to conservation management and policy. We are working to strengthen our network of contacts in DC in order to join in solidarity with the larger scientific community on emerging issues, via sign-on letters (SCBNA recently signed onto a letter to the Trump administration led by AIBS) and more substantive efforts.
SCBNA will continue to constructively partner with and support government initiatives where doing so advances conservation science and practice, but will also work to inform our members and the public where we see policies that do not appropriately incorporate conservation science or negatively affect biodiversity. We will continue to focus on three priority policy areas (defense of scientific integrity in government decision-making, conservation of endangered species, and landscape planning for climate change adaptation), where we can provide value that is additive to the work of larger scientific societies and NGOs. With the likely political pressure that will be coming to bear on the US Endangered Species Act and public lands, SCBNA can play a key long-term role in important policy issues in both a reactive (defensive) and proactive manner. Despite the current turmoil around the incoming administration, we believe that effective policy work is still a marathon and staying focused is important to long-term success.
SCBNA is represented in DC policy circles by our policy committee co-chair, Brett Hartl, who is the former SCB Senior Policy Fellow. Brett ’s involvement allows SCBNA to participate as a member of coalitions with like-minded DC-based groups, such as the new Integrity in Science Working Group co-chaired by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Reproductive Health Technologies Project. ISWG is a coalition of scientific societies and good government, public health, environmental, and other public interest organizations working to create a movement around defending the role of science in a democracy. The invitation to join ISWG came out of a successful symposium on scientific integrity organized by SCBNA at the NACCB2016 meeting.
Meet SCBNA’s new Administrative Director, Jamie Hogberg
February 7, 2017
SCBNA recently finalized the hiring of an Administrative Director (AD). Jamie Hogberg, the new SCBNA AD, was chair of the recent NACCB meeting in Madison. Jamie’s background is in both conservation science research and administration. Her work in human-wildlife interactions led to her to become active in SCB’s Social Science Working Group. More recently, she helped develop a successful Environmental Conservation MS Program at University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute. Since Jamie is SCBNA’s sole staffperson, her job entails a lot of different aspects, including administrative, finance, conference management, governance, and outreach duties. Part of her job will be to improve communication between SCBNA and members through regular newsletters and social media updates. Jamie will also be closely involved in organizing the NACCB2018 meeting. NACCB2018’s theme is Conservation Science, Policy, and Practice: Connecting the Urban to the Wild. NACCB2018 will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from July 21-26, 2018. Planning for NACCB2018 is well under way, and we will have materials to share soon. Toronto is a diverse and exciting city which will make a great location for the 2018 meeting.
Call for nominations to the SCBNA board of directors
February 7, 2017
The Society for Conservation Biology’s North America Section (SCBNA) invites you to nominate SCBNA members to stand for election to the following offices on the SCBNA Board of Directors. Every board member attends one in-person meeting and several virtual meetings per year. Historically, most nominations have been self-nominations. Before you nominate someone other than yourself, please ask that person if she or he is willing to be considered. Please indicate the office(s) for which you seek consideration. Each nominee must be a current member of SCBNA. After reviewing nominees, the SCBNA Nominations Committee will put forward the slate of candidates for each office and announce the start of voting. The term of each elected officer will begin July 1, 2017.
The call for nominations is open now through Wednesday March 1.
The open seats are:
• President-Elect (6 year term: 2 years as President-Elect, 2 years as President, 2 years as Past-President)
• Treasurer (3 year term)
• VP for Policy and Programs (3 year term)
• VP for Education and Chapters (3 year term)
• Student representative (2 year term; must be a student in conservation biology or a closely related field and attending an accredited university or college)
• Chapters representative (2 year term; must be a member of one of SCBNA’s local chapters).
To submit a nomination, or to request additional information, please email the SCBNA President Carlos Carroll <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please indicate ‘SCBNA elections’ in the subject line.
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