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Geri Unger
Executive Director
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Geri Unger joined SCB as Executive Director in 2013. Geri is a systems ecologist, conservation biologist and educator. She has worked in fundraising, in formal and informal education, in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, both in North America and abroad. Prior to joining SCB, Geri was Director of Education and Research at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. 

Peter Anderson
Policy Program Assistant
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Peter Anderson joined SCB as a Policy Program Assistant in 2014. Peter is a lawyer by training. He graduated from George Mason University School of Law in 2013 where he took courses in environmental law and land use. He has served as a legal intern at Resources for the Future and at the EPA. Most recently, he worked on natural infrastructure and Mississippi River Delta restoration issues as a legal fellow at Environmental Defense Fund.


Mark Burgman
Conservation Biology

Mark A. Burgman is Director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis in Australia and the Adrienne Clarke Chair of Botany at the University of Melbourne. His research is in ecological modelling, conservation biology, biosecurity and risk assessment. He has worked on models for a broad range of species and regulatory settings including marine fisheries, forestry, irrigation, electrical power utilities, mining, and national park planning.  He received a BSc from the University of New South Wales (1974), an MSc from Macquarie University, Sydney (1981), and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York (1987). He worked as a consultant ecologist and research scientist in Australia, the United States and Switzerland during the 1980’s before joining the University of Melbourne in 1990. He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Conservation Biology in 2006.


Lauren Bailey
Development Coordinator
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Lauren Bailey joined SCB as the Development Coordinator in 2014. Trained as a wildlife ecologist, she has conducted research on avian community dynamics, invasive & endangered species management, and pollinators & natural enemies. Lauren has worked extensively in ecological research, education and outreach over the past 15 years. She earned a BA in Anthropology from New York University, and a MS in Wildlife Management from Michigan State University. Most recently, she worked as a Conservation Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy’s Michigan chapter.

Kat Diersen
North American Policy Program Assistant
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Kat Diersen joined SCB as an assistant to the North America Policy program in 2014.  Her background is in conservation planning for endangered species and natural resource conflict resolution.  Her work in the last six years has focused primarily on planning for coastal habitats in Florida.  Kat is currently pursuing a master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University.

Shonda Gilliland Foster
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program Coordinator
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Shonda Gilliland Foster is a graduate of the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology Master’s program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her research focused on the valuation of ecosystem services provided by the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System. She is originally from Michigan and received her BA in Social Relations and Political Theory from Michigan State University in 2001. Shonda has coordinated the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program since its move to the Society for Conservation Biology in 2005.


Frith C. Jarrad
Managing Editor, 
Conservation Biology

Frith C. Jarrad joined SCB as Managing Editor in late 2013. Frith has held academic research positions in the fields of conservation biology and ecology at the School of Botany, the University of Melbourne, and the School of Mathematical Sciences, the Queensland University of Technology. She received Bachelor degrees in Science and Forest Science with Honours (2001) and PhD (2009) from the University of Melbourne. Frith is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Lauren Krizel
Special Projects Coordinator
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After graduating from American University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Public Communication, Lauren joined SCB as Administrative Assistant in August of 2011. Lauren has worked as an intern at several DC nonprofits and as a writer for Rails to Trails magazine. Lauren is pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Management at George Washington University.

Ellen Main
Senior Editor, Conservation Biology
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Ellen Main has worked on Conservation Biology since 1993 as editorial assistant, managing editor, and currently as senior editor. She has a BS in Biology and an MS in scientific communications. Her previous experiences include work on an oceanographic book series, a science-education magazine, and an extracurricular science education program. She works out of her home in Florida.

Cathy McIntosh

Cathy McIntosh is native of Florida and a graduate of San Jose State University with a BS in Computer Science. After spending several years working for high-tech companies in Silicon Valley and the Northern California areas, she and her family relocated to Northern Virginia, where she has served as the webmaster for SCB since April 2007.


Doug Parsons
North American Policy Director
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Doug Parsons just joined SCB in early June, 2014 as the North American Policy Director. Doug's background is in policy development and education. Prior to joining the SCB team, Doug was the Climate Change Liaison with the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program. Doug has a Master's Degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia. He has worked on climate change issues for the past decade in Florida and in Queensland, Australia.

Nathan Spillman
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
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Nate joined SCB as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator in August 2011. Prior to joining SCB, he worked for the Arlington County Virginia Department of Parks and Recreation. Prior associations-related experience includes work for the NAACP and the Community Associations Institute.


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Society for Conservation Biology
1313 Dolley Madison Blvd, Suite 402
McLean, VA 22101
Phone: 703-790-1745    
Fax: 703-790-2672