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|The SER Team|
Executive DirectorBethanie Walder joined the Society for Ecological Restoration as Executive Director in September 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental conservation, restoration and education.
Prior to joining the SER, Bethanie served as the Executive Director of Wildlands CPR, where she oversaw several highly successful conservation and restoration campaigns. Bethanie has also worked as an organizational development, strategic planning and natural resources management consultant. She was a founding member of several coalitions and non-governmental organizations including Women’s Voices for the Earth and the Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative. She is responsible for helping guide SER's overall work to achieve its mission of advancing the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration.
Bethanie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies from Duke University and a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She lives, works, and plays in Missoula, Montana.
Program ManagerAs Program Manager, Levi works in a number of different capacities to help develop the Society's programs and activities. In addition to building and maintaining the Global Restoration Network, serving as editor of the quarterly newsletter SERNews and conducting public outreach, he plays an integral role in planning and organizing the Society's biannual World Conference on Ecological Restoration. A fluent Spanish speaker, he has been instrumental in helping SER expand its presence in Latin America by translating a variety of restoration-related materials and fostering collaborative relationships with practitioners throughout the region.
His interest in ecology arose out of studies in anthropology at Northern Arizona University, where he discovered an enduring fascination with ethnobotany and traditional ecological knowledge. Subsequent travels in Latin America and exposure to rural livelihoods only served to deepen this interest, and SER has afforded him an invaluable opportunity to broaden his base of knowledge and contribute something tangible to efforts aimed at safeguarding biodiversity and fostering sustainable relationships between humans and their natural surroundings.
Membership DirectorLaura Munley Capponi joined SER in January 2018 as Membership Director, and leads member development activities to strengthen SER’s global community. She has expertise in program administration, philanthropic and federal contracts management, strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder cultivation. Laura is interested in collective action, and brings two decades of program and network building experience working on public interest issues, including the environment, consumer rights, childhood obesity, and k-12 education. She has an undergraduate degree Government & Politics with an International Studies citation from the University of Maryland; and a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University with a research thesis on political decision making. She lives and works in Washington DC; practices yoga, writes poetry, and travels.
Communications and Operations AssociateRebecca Shoer has worked with endangered species and habitats across the globe. Whether studying elephants in Thailand or rescuing turtles on Cape Cod, she is most drawn to projects that address the intersection of community and conservation. She loves engaging with the public, be it through public presentations or written media. After living in a succession of rural areas, Rebecca is very excited to be working at SER HQ in downtown Washington D.C., interacting every day with ecologists around the world.
Certification Program CoordinatorAfter volunteering to lead the development of the SER certification program, Jen officially joined the SER staff in 2016 as the Certification Program Coordinator. She has volunteered with SER for over a decade and is a co-founder and longstanding member of SER’s Midwest Great Lakes Chapter. Prior to joining SER, Jen worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and consulting firms (ENVIRON and ERM) on all aspects of restoration in the context of site remediation and Natural Resource Damage Assessments and settlements. Jen lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
International Policy LeadSince SER's founding, George has been involved in a variety of ways, including serving as Chair of the SER Board of Directors, Chair of the Science and Policy Committee, and as a Global Restoration Ambassador. He has also been a lead figure in the development of the SER International Standards. In 2019, SER appointed George as its International Policy Lead. In collaboration with his duties as the Acting Director and Chief Conservation Strategist for the Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC), George is leading SER’s international policy program to advance the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration. George has spent the last 40 years working on the conservation of rare plants, the restoration of ecosystems and a host of other conservation and sustainability issues. He has a B.A. with distinction in International Affairs and Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado, and has traveled widely in Latin America, as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. He and his family live in Delray Beach, Florida, USA.
Restoration Ecology Editor-in-ChiefStephen Murphy is the Professor and Director of the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He focuses on restoration ecology in a variety of habitats, especially in the Great Lakes region. He also is involved with strategic planning, management, policy, and advances in monitoring and data analysis for restoration ecology from regional to international levels. As Steve enjoys both the professional development and social aspects of conferences, you will find him leading sessions or entire programs at SER regional and international conferences.
Restoration Ecology Managing EditorValter Amaral is a benthic ecologist at the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugual. Valter's research combines ecological and molecular tools to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of organisms' responses to environmental change and disturbance. He is particularly interested in aspects of population structure, regulation and evolutionary adaptation of marine and coastal biota. Most importantly, Valter is a father, husband, and yogi, who loves travelling and being close to the sea.
Vickie StubbsVictoria Stubbs is a passionate, energy centered, solutions oriented business consultant, accountant, and tax preparation professional. Vickie has been a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration since 2008 and is honored to help facilitate SER’s Mission as Treasurer of the Southwest Chapter. Beyond accounting, Vickie enjoys working in the yard, sprouting plants/herbs, UofA Basketball, and her absolutely wonderful husband of 27 years, Roger!
Megan KevilleMegan edits and assembles SER's quarterly newsletter, SERNews. She also works to expand the Restoration Resource Center by researching and uploading projects and resources to our searchable databases. Megan is the Research Coordinator for the Restoration Ecology lab at University of Montana and is also Co-Coordinator for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network