Interim Vice Chair: Jessica Pratt (UC Irvine)

I am a PhD candidate in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine. I obtained a M.S. in Zoology from North Carolina Sate University in 2005 during which time I studied the conservation value of shaded coffee plantations for resident birds in Puerto Rico. My primary interests lie broadly in the fields of habitat conservation and ecological restoration, and I am currently conducting research to assess how plant responses to environmental change scale up to affect insect communities. I am also a founding member of the Orange County Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and serve on the Chapters Advisory Committee for SCB.

As an undergraduate student I became interested in service and outreach activities because I found them to be excellent ways to network and broaden my education and experience in the field of ecology in ways that weren’t offered in a formal degree program. I became hooked! Since then I have volunteered with several non-profit, governmental, and professional organizations and discovered that service enriches my life in many ways. It only makes sense that as a student of Ecology, I should want to contribute to my professional
society – ESA. I chose to do this through the Student Section because it is an extremely welcoming, thoughtful, and committed group of young scientists working together to do great things to shape the future of our discipline. Plus, Jorge has a sexy accent.

PhD Candidate, Mooney Lab-
Chapters Committee, SCB-
Events Coordinator, OCSCB-


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