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North America Section & Local Hosts

The 2nd North American Congress is being hosted by: 

North America Section of the Society for Conservation Biology
Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology
 Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana

Buffalo herd runnign through river, Society for Conservation Biology Logo, North America Section

North America Section

SCB's North America Section represents the entire North American region and is the largest of the Society's seven regional Sections. The North America Section has an active policy committee and more than a dozen active local chapters. The North America Section plays an important role in collaborating with other science and wildlife interest groups based in North America.

The activities of the North America Section include a strong policy focus on US legislation, including comments on pending changes to the US Endangered Species Act and how it is applied for species like northern spotted owl and gray wolf. The NA Section plays an important role in collaborating with other science and wildlife interest groups based in North America. In this way they maintain a strong presence for the SCB across the United States. NA SCB is interested in fostering an increasing role related to topics of concern throughout the continent. Come to the NA Section Membership meeting during the 2014 NACCB to find out more about the Section’s current activities and how you can get involved!

Current North American Section Board Members

  • Dominick DellaSala (President), Geos Institute, Oregon
  • Carlos Carroll (President Elect), Klamath Center for Conservation Research, California
  • Karen Beard (Board Member), Utah State University, Utah
  • Bogdan Cristescu (Student Rep), University of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Brett Dickson (Board Member), Conservation Science Partners, Inc., California
  • Niel Lawrence (Board Member), Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, DC
  • Andrew MacDougall (Board Member), University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Jessa Madosky (Chapters Liaison), Warren Wilson College, North Carolina
  • Paul Paquet (Board Member), Raincoast Conservation Foundation, British Columbia
  • Sarah Reed (Board Member) Colorado State University & Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Benjamin Sikes (Board Member), University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Tom Sisk (Board Member), Northern Arizona University, Arizona

Local Hosts   

Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology

The Montana Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2014 and is excited to co-host this meeting.  The mission of the Montana Chapter is to promote science and the application of the principles of conservation biology to Montana's local, regional, and statewide diversity. The Montana chapter’s flagship annual event is a two day fall research symposium, where students, biologists, and conservation practitioners from around the state and region come together to network and share cutting edge conservation research.  In addition to annual conferences, the MT chapter has organized regular speaker and film events in both Bozeman and Missoula, and has commented on regional policy issues such as listing decisions for gray wolves and grizzly bears.

The chapter’s 7th Annual Research Symposium is being held in collaboration with the 2014 NACCB meeting in Missoula.  If you want to get involved in the Chapter, contact us at

Current Board Members

  • Jessie Golding: President
  • Roberta Newbury: Secretary
  • Rebecca McCaffery: Treasurer
  • Pauline Kamath: Communications Officer
  • Adam Sepulveda: Bozeman Events Coordinator
  • Kellie Carim: Missoula Event Coordinator
  • Molly Cross: NGO Liaison
  • Dan Bachen: Student Liaison

The University of Montana Wildlife Biology Department Logo with Griz Paw

The Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana

The Wildlife Biology Program at the University of Montana is excited that the Society for Conservation Biology meetings are returning to Missoula, MT.  Our program provides students with an extensive knowledge in ecology, population biology, conservation biology, and critical thinking and quantitative skills so students become leaders in bringing science to the dynamic conservation and management of wildlife and fish populations and their habitat, communities, and ecosystems.

Special “thanks” to our rotating banner photographers!
Grizzly Bear and Cubs & Grazing Buffalo, courtesy Stefan Ekernas
Glacier National Park, courtesy Rick Graetz



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