UH Hilo’s Ostertag elected a 2021 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
By Jenni, University of Hawai’i, Hilo
Dr. Rebecca Ostertag, who is also associate chair of the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) M.S. program, has been elected a 2021 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for her “outstanding intellectual leadership in the areas of tropical forest ecology and conservation and a deep commitment to mentoring and enhancing diversity in the next generation of ecologists,” noted the ESA March 25, 2021. Fellows are elected for life.
Ostertag, who has taught at UH Hilo since August 2001, teaches courses related to the environment, including ecology and conservation, biostatistics, and field methods. Her area of specialization is in tropical forest ecology, examining questions relating to biological invasions, nutrient cycling, forest dynamics, climate, and restoration. Ostertag’s research carries a strong field component and involves integration of natural history, community structure, and ecosystem dynamics.