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Board of Directors

The SER Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds with experience in all sectors of the restoration industry and all facets of organizational development.

 

Executive Officers

Jim Hallett
Chair
Eastern Washington University
Washington, USA

 

Jim Hallett is a research ecologist and Adjunct Professor in Biology at Eastern Washington University. For more than 20 years, Jim has been a principal on projects that directly bear on land management and restoration issues in the Pacific Northwest including a long-term monitoring and evaluation program to assess the responses of vegetation and terrestrial wildlife to ecological restoration. He received his PhD from Texas Tech University.         
Kingsley Dixon 
Vice Chair
Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University
Perth, Western Australia

 

Kingsley is a restoration ecologist and conservation biologist, Professor and Director of the newly founded Center for Mining Restoration with 30 years experience in restoration focused on mine site and urban interface restoration and conservation practice. Kingsley is the Chair of SER’s Australasian chapter and was a founder of SER's International Network for Seed-Based Restoration Section. He sits on the SER Board of Directors Executive Committee. Kingsley is a passionate believer in the social, economic and environmental values of global restoration. In addition to his principal work at Curtin University, Kingsley also holds Visiting Professor appointments at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, Australia, at the School of Plant Biology of the University of Western Australia, and a Research Associate Appointment at the Missouri Botanic Garden in the United States.
Nancy Shaw 
Treasurer
USDA FS Rocky Mountain Research Station 
Boise, ID, USA

 

Nancy is a Research Botanist (Emeritus) with the US Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, USA. She received her B.S. in Zoology from the College of Idaho, an M.S. in Botany from Idaho State University, and Ph.D. in Crop Science (Seed technology emphasis) from Oregon State University. Her research focused on development and use of native plant materials for sagebrush steppe restoration, and she served as Team Leader for the Great Basin Native Plant Project for the last 13 years of her career. She was a founder of the SER Great Basin Chapter and currently serves on the Board of SER’s International Network for Seed-based Restoration Section.

 
Ramesh Venkataraman 
Managing Trustee, Junglescapes Charitable Trust
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 

Founder of the restoration non-profit Junglescapes and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner, Ramesh is engaged in restoring degraded forests in and around a major tiger reserve in South India. A key part of his work involves managing invasive species and restoring fire-affected areas. He has worked to establish a community-participative model of restoration which actively involves indigenous communities living near forests, in recognition of which Junglescapes received SER's Full Circle Award in 2017. Ramesh is active in increasing awareness about restoration as well as in conducting restoration education programs. He is also member of the expert committee on invasive species constituted by the High Court of Madras in India.

 
Secretary 

 

A Secretary will be appointed from within the newly seated Board in July 2020.

Directors-at-Large


Cristina Eisenberg 
Earthwatch Institute 
Boston, MA, USA

 

Cristina is a member of the graduate faculty at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry. As an Indigenous woman scientist, she is the principal investigator on two major on-the-ground projects with First Nations (Alberta, Canada) and Native American (Montana, USA) communities to integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge into restoration practice in western North America. She is a Smithsonian Research Associate and from 2014 until 2019 she was the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, where she oversaw a global research program focusing on ecological restoration, human communities (particularly Indigenous peoples), and resiliency. Cristina is the author of numerous books, journal articles and book chapters. Cristina is working to reactivate and lead the SER Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Committee.

Vicky Temperton 
Leuphana University 
Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

 

Vicky is a professor of Ecosystem Functioning and Services at Leuphana University. Her research endeavors to test ecological theory for its potential to inform and improve restoration outcomes. She enjoys crossing boundaries between disciplines, countries, and regions, and is increasingly interested in the science-policy interface in ecological restoration.
Jeanne Chambers 
US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station 
Reno, Nevada, USA

 

Jeanne is a senior scientist with the USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station and an adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada in Reno, NV, USA. She has led multiple long-term collaborative projects to develop strategic, multi-scale restoration approaches for increasing ecological resilience to disturbance as well as resistance to plant invasions. She has authored or coauthored over 190 journal articles, synthesis papers, technical reports, book chapters, and books. She joined SER in 1992 and served on the Editorial Board of Restoration Ecology (1994-1999). She was a charter member of the SER Great Basin Chapter, and received the first SER-GB Distinguished Restorationist Award in 2014.

Karma Bouazza 
Lebanon Reforestation Initiative
US Forest Service International Programs
Beirut, Lebanon

 

Karma has worked with the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative and the U.S. Forest Service International Programs since 2011. As a Native Nursery and Ecological Restoration Specialist, she has developed and supported projects in Lebanon, Jordan, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Morocco, and Rwanda. She has also been involved with the Forest Service's Sustainable Environment and Economic Development (SEED) program since 2016. Her focus is on both native seed/plant materials resources and engaging local communities in nursery and seed projects. Karma received her BSc in Agriculture Engineering and her MSc in Plant Protection from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. 

Stephanie Mansourian 
Independent Consultant
Gingins, Switzerland

 

Stephanie is an inter-disciplinary scientist who has worked on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) for the last 20 years. She began managing the WWF’s International FLR program in 2000 but is now an independent consultant working on different projects for several international clients. Her research has centered on governance and FLR, the subject of her PhD (Geography) from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). An active member of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), she is co-deputy of its task force on transforming forest landscapes.


Student Director

Travis Sowards
Student Director
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah, USA

 

Travis earned his BS in Forestry, with a certificate in International Forestry and Conservation, from Northern Arizona University. He served for ten years on US Navy submarines before beginning work as a Natural Resources Specialist with the US Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station. In 2017 he began working on his PhD in Wildlife & Wildlands Conservation at Brigham Young University. He founded the Brigham Young University SER Student Association, and served as the president of this thriving and growing student club from 2019-2020.

 

Regional Directors

Andrew Whitley 
Africa
Wildlands Conservation Trust
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

 

Andrew manages ecosystem restoration initiatives at Wildlands Conservation Trust, one of the biggest environmental NGOs in South Africa. Initially focused on managing invasive plant control projects, his work has broadened to a variety of restoration projects, especially the propagation and mass re-planting of indigenous trees. Since SER2019 took place in South Africa, Andrew hopes to build on this opportunity to expand SER presence and membership throughout the continent of Africa.
Laura Graham 
Asia
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF)
Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

 

Laura is a Project Leader at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), in Indonesia. Laura earned her BSc in Plant Sciences at Cambridge University, UK, where she began her work in tropical and restoration ecology. She went on to shape her PhD around the multidisciplinary issue of degradation in tropical peatland ecosystems. This led to her working as an environmental monitoring scientific advisor for the first REDD+ demonstration project, and finally to her current position with the Environmental Monitoring and Research Team for BOSF Mawas.
Kris DeCleer 
Europe
Research Institute for Nature and Forest 
Brussels, Belgium

 

Kris is a Senior Scientist in the Ecosystem Management Unit of the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) in Ghent, Belgium. He earned his Masters of Science in Biology and Ecology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is a founding board member of the Society for Ecological Restoration Europe Chapter, and also serves on the Board of Natuurpunt, one of the largest conservation NGOs in Belgium. He is a guest lecturer in restoration at the University of Antwerp and has authored or co-authored dozens of books and papers on ecological restoration topics, with an emphasis on wetland restoration.
Luiz Moraes 
Latin America/Caribbean
Embrapa
Brasília, DF, Brazil

 

Luiz is an agronomist who has worked both as a practitioner and a researcher in ecological restoration over the last 25 years. His current work with Embrapa, the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, focuses on ecological restoration in agricultural landscapes. Particularly interested in the power of connectivity and networking, Luiz has been involved with the Brazilian Network for Ecological Restoration (REBRE) since it began ten years ago. The exchange of diverse experiences and knowledge of restorationists worldwide is essential for the field of restoration ecology.
Thomas Kaye 
North America
Institute for Applied Ecology
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

 

Tom is the Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Ecology, a leader in habitat restoration and native seed production in Oregon. His current research at IAE includes reintroduction ecology of plants as a tool for their long term conservation in fragmented landscapes, grassland and wetland restoration, and factors that affect seed germination and establishment. He has extensive experience in nonprofit management, and is a Lifetime Member of SER.
Bruce Clarkson 
Pacific
University of Waikato
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

 

Professor Bruce Clarkson is a restoration ecologist interested in habitat restoration to bring indigenous nature back into towns and cities. He is based at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, and leads the ‘People, Cities, and Nature: restoring indigenous nature in urban environments’ program. In 2016, he received the Royal Society of New Zealand Charles Fleming medal for environmental achievement. He is a board member of the SER Australasia Chapter, as well as being on the Governance Group for the Building Better Homes, Towns, and Cities National Science Challenge, and being an ambassador for New Zealand’s Biological Heritage Science Challenge.
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