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The SCB News Blog is the best source for member-oriented news from the Society for Conservation Biology. Here you'll find an account of what's new at SCB, coverage of SCB members in the news, and conservation-related commentary and reportage.

Come often and be informed of the goings-on in this global community of conservation professionals dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity.

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By Nate Spillman, posted on June 18, 2013

SCB Names New Executive Director

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Geri Unger, an ecologist and the former director of education and research at the Cleveland Botanical, has been named SCB's new executive by the Society's Board of Governors. Geri will start her tenure as SCB's third executive director in more than 25 years on 15 July. In the following Q&A, Geri tells us why she's excited about her new position, what she sees as the biggest challenges facing the Society and why she is prepared to lead SCB.

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By Nate Spillman, posted on May 16, 2013

SCB Welcomes New Board Members

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SCB's Board of Governors will have a new look starting this July when three new members-at-large and a new president-elect take their seats on the board for the first time under incoming SCB President Rodrigo Medellin. Meet the incoming board members.

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Award to Honor Women in Conservation Biology in Africa

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The Africa Section's Young Women in Conservation Biology Award (YWCB) recognizes the contributions of early to mid-career African women working for the advancement of conservation biology in Africa. Award winners demonstrate leadership, service, and an ability to work with others across gender, social class and ethnicity to achieve concrete conservation outcomes.

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Fracking Debate Hits Close to Home for Smith Fellow

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Read our Q&A with Sara Souther on why she joined a group of scientists to urge regulatory agencies to conduct more research on the environmental risks and scientific uncertainties associated with fracking.

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By Maureen Ryan, Ph.D., posted on February 15, 2013

A Scientist’s Public Policy Surprise

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Smith Fellow Maureen (Mo) Ryan always felt that she should be more engaged in public policy. It wasn't until she finally decided to take action that she realized that scientists have more to contribute to public policy than they might think.

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