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2019 Elections

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Mid-Atlantic Section Elections

Chair Elect

Dr. Vince D'Amico

I am a Research Ecologist in the Northern Research Station of the US Forest Service, where I serve as Biophysical Science Lead of Unit NRS-08, “Urban Forests, Environmental Quality and Human Health”, and Team Leader for the Philadelphia Field Station. I received a degree in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, and after a few years with the Forest Service in Hamden, CT became co-located in Philadelphia and the University of Delaware. I am proud to be adjunct faculty in UD’s Department of Entomology & Wildlife Ecology and in the Department of Plant & Soil Science, where I have had many collaborators and students. Currently my research is focused on the role of small forests embedded in human-dominated landscapes. I am one of the founders and leaders of the FRAME Program, a network of forest sites created for long-term monitoring and experimentation; Part of my excitement to be involved in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ESA is my research concentration on the Megalopolis stretching from Boston to Washington DC - it includes all of the Mid-Atlantic states. I also collaborate with many scientists in the US and throughout the world, especially in Austria and China. I have been elected Member-At-Large for scientific societies such as IUFRO and the Society for Invertebrate Ecology. For the past 15 years, I have also been the organizer of the poster session of the USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species.

Secretary Elect

Xueying (Shirley) Han

I received my PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and MA in Applied Statistics and Probability from the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research focused on the response of herbivore functional groups to changes in coral reef cover resulting from back-to-back disturbances in Moorea, French Polynesia. During my graduate tenure, I also served as a graduate fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS). After completing my PhD, I was a post-doc at CNS where I conducted China science and technology policy research. I am currently Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a federally funded research and development center for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. My research portfolio spans a variety of science policy issues including community resilience, critical infrastructure, and program evaluation. Though I am no longer conducting ecological research, I am very much an ecologist at heart and am looking for ways to stay involved and give back to the ecological community. As someone who transitioned into science policy, I feel I have a different perspective to bring and would love to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to research opportunities at the Federal level. I organized the Diverse Career Pathways in Ecology workshop at ESA 2018 and am looking forward to taking an active role in the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the ESA. I am running for Secretary-Elect and hope to have the opportunity to serve you!

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