As the Public Policy Office prepares for a busy 2007, marked initially by the start of the 110th Congress, it is with great pleasure that AIBS welcomes two new public policy associates: Megan Kelhart and Dr. Holly Menninger.

Kelhart joined the public policy office in August 2006, after completing her Masters of Natural Resources degree at Virginia Tech. Kelhart's graduate study focused on amphibian conservation in northern Virginia. Prior to joining AIBS, Kehhart worked on Capitol Hill for members of the Senate and the House of Representatives. Menninger joined the Public Policy Office in January 2007. A past AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leader Award finalist, Menninger successfully defended her dissertation, "Terrestrial-Aquatic Linkages in Human–Altered Landscapes," in December 2006. Her doctoral research was completed with Dr. Margaret Palmer in the Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (BEES) program at the University of Maryland. Menninger has a number of years' experience in scientific outreach and communication with a variety of audiences, including national electronic news media outlets.


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