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Dr. Debborah Luke
Executive Director
202-234-4133 x7102

Debborah (Debi) Luke holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining SCB, Debi worked for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums as Senior Vice President, Conservation & Animal Welfare. She was instrumental in starting SAFE: Saving Animals from Exctinction, a collaborative science-based conservation program that helps AZA members become directly involved in conservation efforts.

Debi has more than 20 years of experience in research, program management, and executive leadership. She obtained the first John H. Prescott Grant for the Hawaiian Islands when she served as Director of Education and Research at Sea Life Park in Hawaii and she launched the Manatee Care Department while working at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Florida. 

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.

Megan Cort
Administrative Assistant
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Megan earned her Bachelors in Environmental and Sustainable Studies with a concentration in Political Ecology at Bard College at Simon's Rock. Her senior thesis focused on international environmental conflict resolution. Prior to joining SCB, Megan worked in Southern Jordan for an adventure desert camp. She has held multiple internships; including her position at the Embassy of Jordan and as a biology research assistant during college.

Laure Cugnière
Conference Coordinator
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Laure joined the SCB as a Conference Coordinator in February 2015. A French native, Laure has gained a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary profile working for various conservation non-profits in Peru, the UK and USA, in areas as diverse as project coordination, communication, education, event planning and volunteer management. Laure also has a Master’s Degree in Conservation and Tourism from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK and a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from NEOMA Business School, France, with a specialization in Communication and Marketing.


Shonda Gilliland Foster
David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program Director
202-234-4133 x7101

Shonda has coordinated the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program since its move to the Society for Conservation Biology in 2005. She 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. Originally from Michigan, Shonda received her BA in Social Relations and Political Theory from Michigan State University and then followed that with two years in the congressional office of U.S. Senator Carl Levin before pursuing her graduate studies. 

Matt Herbert
Membership and Communications Associate
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Matt Herbert joined SCB as a Membership and Communications Associate in April 2015. Prior to joining SCB, Matt was a reporter at Environment and Energy Publishing in Washington D.C. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a BA in journalism and a minor in conservation biology. He has interned at National Geographic and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.

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.

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.

Warren Sander
Chief Financial Officer
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Warren’s experience extends through both the non-profit and for-profit spheres, encompassing both community-based and international perspectives. Having held senior management positions in banking and higher education, he has most recently served as the CFO of a private non-profit university in Virginia. He earned his MBA from the College of William and Mary, holds a BA in Political Science/International Studies, and has studied extensively in South Korea and mainland China.

Nathan Spillman
Marketing & Communications Manager
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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.


Membership Staff

For questions about membership, please contact our Membership Services staff at:

Society for Conservation Biology
1133 15th St NW #300 
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 234-4133 
Fax: 703-790-2672