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Andre Clewell
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Dr. Andre Clewell is an Oberlin College graduate and received his Ph.D. in Botany from Indiana University. Andre spent the first 16 years of his career serving on the faculty at Florida State University. While there, Andre authored the taxonomic manual, Guide to the Vascular Plants of the Florida Panhandle. Much of his ecological work was completed as a Research Associate at the Tall Timbers Research Station. Andre also served nearly two years as a Fulbright Fellow teaching in Honduras.

Andre served on the SER Board of Directors for the first 7 years of SER’s existence, with two of those years as SER’s second (and final) President in 1994-1995. Andre proposed and wrote the initial draft of the SER Primer on Ecological Restoration and ushered it to completion and approval. Andre contributed much of the groundwork that went into preparing SER’s Practitioner Certification program and SER’s Standards for Ecological Restoration. Following his time on the SER Board of Directors, Andre served on the Editorial Board for Restoration Ecology and was recipient of SER’s John Rieger Award for service to the profession and was designated “President Emeritus” for leadership and commitment to the field.

Andre owned and operated his own specialty-niche firm for 22 years, which planned and implemented restoration projects, including baseline ecological inventories and characterizations of reference ecosystems, mostly in Florida and Mississippi. Andre wrote the book, Ecological Restoration, Principles, Values, and Structure of an Emerging Profession, published in SER’s Book Series with Island Press. The book was co-authored with James Aronson and is now in its second edition. Andre has collaborated with Aronson on several other papers, including some pertaining to the restoration of natural capital.

Since “retirement,” Andre has presented numerous restoration workshops and lectures on five continents, most recently in China where he promotes restoration based on the recovery of biodiversity rather than solely natural services. Andre is currently working to restore mixed montane forest on the Tibetan Plateau to reconnect fragmented habitat for Giant Pandas. His latest book, Management of Ecological Rehabilitation Projects, co-authored with Junguo Liu, is awaiting publication in Chinese and English later this year and will be used as a text in workshops.