Science Committee Representative: Susan Cameron (Harvard)

I am the Student Representative to the ESA Science committee for 2009-2010. The Science Committee meets twice a year, and discusses issues pertaining to the role of ESA in promoting the science of ecology. For example, the ESA science committee helps coordinate peer review of research programs, organize conferences and symposia, and recruit Rapid Response teams—experts who can advise on ecological implications of proposed policy decisions.

I recently completed a Ph.D. in Ecology with an emphasis in Conservation Ecology at the University of California Davis, where I was a member of the department of Environmental Science and Policy. My dissertation research explored the role of Quaternary climate change in shaping biodiversity patterns in tropical rainforests, primarily in Australia. I am now a Fellow at the Harvard University Center for The Environment working with Faculty Sponsor, Professor Scott Edwards in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. At Harvard, I am developing models to predict how species may have adapted or migrated in response to climate change and testing these models with genetic data to understand how North American songbirds responded to the last ice age. More broadly, I am interested in applying GIS and spatial analysis to evolutionary and biogeographic questions.

scameron (at)

Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Room 500B
Harvard University
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138


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