Panel presentation and discussion with individuals who have built successful conservation and environmental biology careers in non-profit, federal agency, and university settings. Following the panel discussion, participants will have an opportunity to engage with panelists.
Gabriela Chavarria, USFWS
Dr. Gabriela Chavarria is the Forensic Science Branch Chief at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Forensic Laboratory, a unique wildlife crime laboratory that supports the law enforcement investigations of wildlife violations at the federal, state and international levels. Prior to this post, she served as Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Science Center, Vice
President for Science and International Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife, Policy Director for Wildlife Conservation at the National Wildlife Federation, and as the Director of International and Special Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. In addition, Dr. Chavarria served on a number of boards and advisory councils at the Federal, State and private level. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Chavarria has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the National University of Mexico, and a Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her research focused on the systematics, behavior, and biogeography of Neotropical bumble bees.
Rocco Saracina, Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Rocco Saracina serves as Conservation Coordinator for the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), a nonprofit that oversees the largest forest certification standard in North America. Rocco's focus includes strengthening relationships with conservation organizations and universities and administering SFI's Conservation Grant Program. His experience includes fire ecology research with the U.S. Forest Service and freshwater systems assessment through environmental consulting. Rocco is Chair-Elect of the National Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, where he is responsible for strategic direction. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Minor in Wildland Soil Science from Humboldt State University. He is currently a M.S. candidate in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources program.
Lindsey Wise, Oregon Biodiversity Information Center
Lindsey Wise is the Biodiversity Data Manager at the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. She works on a variety of projects, including managing species occurrence information, a geodatabase of Oregon's managed and protected areas, creating and maintaining ecological datasets, and organizing data transfers. Lindsey also acts as the Data Administrator for the Oregon iMapInvasives site, which allows managers and interested citizens to track invasive species observations and management actions online. She previously worked as a field botanist for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier and for the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center. Lindsey has a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Puget Sound and Master's in ecology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.