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Officers


CHAIR

Pacifica Sommers is a microbial ecologist at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research asks how predictable the biological diversity and functions are of microscopic ecosystems, particularly focusing on the “natural laboratory” of Antarctic glaciers. Pacifica is also passionate about teaching and mentoring others in engaging with the scientific process, no matter what their current stage and trajectory in life. She enjoys exploring planet Earth, especially its mountains, whether by foot, bicycle, ski, or climbing on vertical rock and ice.

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VICE CHAIR

Kathleen Carroll is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department at UW-Madison. Kathleen has two bachelor degrees, one in wildlife ecology and one in marine biology cum laude from the University of Maine, an MS from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. from Montana State University. She has studied wildlife in Africa, South America, and North America. She has backgrounds in wildlife conservation, marine biology, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, statistics, education, and science communication. Her understanding across a broad range of disciplines has provided her with a unique perspective on connectivity science and management strategies across a range of taxa. Her current work focuses on mapping bird biodiversity in the US for conservation using remotely sensed data. Kathleen is also now moving her work to balance equity and justice with species conservation. Her personal interests include spending time with her two dogs, taking care of her > 80 house plants, reading, and participating in most outdoor recreational activities (including running, climbing, swimming, backpacking, and paddling). She has been a certified PADI scuba instructor since 2011 and teaches at a local dive shop in Wisconsin.

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SECRETARY-TREASURER

Molly Reichenborn is a PhD student studying plant community responses following Honey Mesquite management at New Mexico State University. Previously, she received a master’s degree from Wichita State University and worked as a research project manager examining multi-trophic responses to grazing on grasslands replanted through the USDA Conservation Reserve Program. She is broadly interested in the mechanisms underpinning the maintenance, invasion, and successful restoration of ecological communities, and developing data-supported management practices to guide effective land stewardship. She initially became involved with the early career ecologists as a member benefitting from sessions at the annual meeting organized by the section, and through resources compiled on the section website. She is excited to return the favor to members by building diverse resources and a supportive environment as they navigate the early stages of their careers.

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PAST CHAIR

Cari Ficken is a plant ecologist and a Research Assistant Professor at SUNY University at Buffalo. Her research looks at the effects of environmental stress and disturbances on plant communities and ecosystem functioning. Having worked in wetlands, forests, and savannas, Cari is an ecological generalist. Outside of science, she is the partner of another academic environmental scientist and mother to two kiddos. She became involved with ECE by attending professional development sessions at the annual meeting and by benefiting from the network of diverse early career ecologists within ECE.

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BLOG EDITOR & WEBMASTER

Cait Rottler is a chronic generalist, having done range, reclamation, and plant community ecology, and a little bit of soil science. She currently works for the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center as a postdoc research associate, where she’s building a data directory for datasets in the Ogallala Aquifer Region. Her recent interests are soundly in climate change adaptation, whether that’s in farming systems or natural resources management. She is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and hopes to return someday to live and work there. When she’s not sciencing, she enjoys spending time with her 4 cats, dog, snake, and horse. Initially she joined the ECE Section as a member, and then joined the board as a member-at-large before becoming the blog editor and webmaster. Her favorite thing about ECE is getting to meet all of the incredible members of the section and working with the other officers to engage with folks.

She really enjoys reading about feral/wild horse ecology in the Americas, which she’s been obsessed with since undergrad but never formally researched (this has not stopped her from reading almost everything about it that she can get her hands on).

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TWITTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Avery Scherer is a marine and aquatic ecologist whose research focuses on species interactions and their influence on ecosystem function. Her academic experiences focused on non-consumptive predator effects and invasive species ecology in south Texas oyster reefs, in lionfish in the Caribbean, and in Hawaiian stream communities. In 2019, she made the leap into non-academic work, accepting a position with the consulting company Cramer Fish Sciences where she studies the role of species interactions in the success of river restoration projects benefiting California salmonids. Avery is a former graduate of the section’s mentorship program and enjoys employing her passion for science communication in the name of early career ecologists.

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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM OFFICER

Shelby Rinehart is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Wetland Ecology Lab at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. Their research focuses on how consumer-resource interactions influence community structure and ecosystem function across diverse habitats: including coastal wetlands, arctic lakes, rocky shores, and arid- and semi-arid deserts. Shelby’s research program has been informed by their collaborations with research groups in Europe and the Middle East, and their experience advising environmental litigation, fisheries management, and water operations in the California Bay-Delta. Shelby got involved in the Early Career Section in 2016, when they were a mentee in the Early Career Mentorship Program. They began coordinating the Early Career Mentorship Program in 2018, hoping to further the program’s goals of providing a unique and valuable mentorship experience to todays’ early career ecologists.

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STUDENT SECTION LIASON

Molly Reichenborn is a PhD student studying plant community responses following Honey Mesquite management at New Mexico State University. Previously, she received a master’s degree from Wichita State University and worked as a research project manager examining multi-trophic responses to grazing on grasslands replanted through the USDA Conservation Reserve Program. She is broadly interested in the mechanisms underpinning the maintenance, invasion, and successful restoration of ecological communities, and developing data-supported management practices to guide effective land stewardship. She initially became involved with the early career ecologists as a member benefitting from sessions at the annual meeting organized by the section, and through resources compiled on the section website. She is excited to return the favor to members by building diverse resources and a supportive environment as they navigate the early stages of their careers.

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DIVERSE CAREER PATHWAYS OFFICER

Tim Fullman is a wildlife ecologist with The Wilderness Society, a national nonprofit conservation organization. Based in Anchorage, Alaska, he is broadly interested in spatial ecology and especially intrigued by movements and distributions of large mammals in response to environmental factors and human impacts. His current research investigates caribou responses to energy development and other human activity in Arctic Alaska while previous work sought to understand the factors that influence elephant movement patterns and impacts on vegetation and large herbivores in southern Africa. In all his work, Tim strives to apply scientific information to benefit decision making for conservation and management. Another passion is building bridges between science and faith communities. He believes there is much these communities can accomplish when we recognize shared values. When he’s not working, Tim enjoys hiking, bicycling and camping, as well as visiting zoos with his wife and two children.

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MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Nate Emery is an Early Career section Past-Chair. He is a plant ecologist and a Research Associate at Michigan State University. Before grad school, he took two gap years between undergrad and grad school as a field technician in Yellowstone National Park, secretary for Mylan pharmaceuticals, athletic tutor, line cook in a burrito restaurant, and field ecologist for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon. For grad school, he studied coastal fog and wildfires at UC Santa Barbara. He currently studies professional development in biology faculty and switchgrass ecophysiology.

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zimmermanNaupaka Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of San Francisco. He is a microbial ecologist interested in the plant microbiome, particularly foliar fungal endophytes. He is also involved with the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) and Software Carpentry.

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SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Centennial Mentoring Program Planning Team (2014-2015)

Sarah Supp, Daniel Scholes, Daniel Stanton, Scott Collins (ESA Leadership), Winslow Hansen (ESA Student Section)

Cheers! A Networking Event Planning Team (2014-2015)

Sarah Supp, Daniel Scholes, Daniel Stanton, Scott Collins, Lauren Sullivan, Benjamin Blonder, Aaron Hogan, Jennie Miller


PAST OFFICERS

2015-2016
Chair -Sarah Supp

2014-2015 (founding officers)
Chair – Daniel Scholes
Vice Chair – Sarah Supp
Secretary – Daniel Stanton