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Soraia Barbosa (President)

Soraia is a conservation geneticist with a PhD in biodiversity, genetic and evolution from Porto University. Soraia's interests relate to animal conservation, especially by understanding and counteracting the processes leading to species endangerment. Her research focuses on the use of genetic and genomic tools for small mammal conservation, while promoting the use of non-invasive samples, and it relies on the study of species phylogeny, phylogeography, and population and landscape genetics to understand how species genetic diversity varies in both space and time. Her main focus is to develop conservation guidelines informed by genetic evidence for better informed conservation planning.
 

Mariah Meek (Vice-President)

Mariah is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University. Mariah is a conservation biologist and molecular ecologist, interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain diversity within and among populations. The primary motivation for her work is to apply this fundamental understanding of biology to solve pressing problems in conservation and management.
 

Nick Fletcher (Secretary)

Nick is a PhD candidate in Dr. Jeremy Searle's lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. He is broadly interested in using genomic tools to understand questions in evolutionary biology and conservation. His thesis addresses how isolation during glacial cycles can drive speciation, the use of genomics for biodiversity discovery, as well as understanding the genomic signatures of inbreeding in small insular populations. He currently works on the field vole (Microtus agrestis) as a model system for these questions, but is interested in applying conservation genomics techniques to a wide variety of taxa.


Cinnamon Mittan (Treasurer)

Cinnamon is a PhD student in Dr. Kellly Zaumudio's lab in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. She uses a combination of genomics, experiments, and field observations to understand population dynamics, survival and adaptation at species range limits. She uses Rhinella marina, the invasive cane toad, as a model system, but is broadly interested how these forces determine survival in marginal habitats for any species, particularly amphibians.