President: Elise Gornish
Dr. Elise Gornish is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological Restoration at the University of Arizona. Her work largely focuses on identifying strategies for successful restoration in arid land systems and integration of restoration approaches into weed management. Originally from New York, Dr. Gornish received her MS and PhD from Florida State University in 2013. She then completed two years of a post doc at the University of California, Davis before becoming a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Ecological restoration at UC Davis. In addition to vegetation management, Dr. Gornish is passionate about STEM inclusion and has recently become the Director of UA GALS (Girls on outdoor Adventure for Leadership and Science). This new program focuses on providing science learning and leadership opportunities to traditionally under-served female high school students through backcountry programming.
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Ondrea Hummel
Treasurer: Vickie Stubbs
Arizona Representative: Steve Plath
New Mexico Representative: Cameron Weber
Cameron Weber has been deeply engaged in New Mexico’s land and water conservation since 2012. She holds a master’s degree from UNM in environmental planning and focused her thesis research on the use of long term ecological monitoring data for Middle Rio Grande bosque restoration planning and evaluation. Cameron consults regularly with Middle Rio Grande land managers on native revegetation and improving monitoring plans to better address key uncertainties. As a project manager with Stream Dynamics she works from the spreadsheets to the creeks to deliver effective and appropriate watershed restoration projects across New Mexico and the greater southwestern borderlands. Cameron serves on the board of the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation, which creates statewide regenerative impact by getting hundreds of volunteers each year to restore riparian habitat and connect with our public lands. Cameron envisions a broad and powerful coalition of restoration practitioners from New Mexico making facultative connections with one another and with practitioners in other dryland ecoregions globally to implement techniques and conservation measures that match the scale of the issues we face.
Utah Representative: Vacant
Southern Nevada Representative: Tiffany Pereira
Tiffany Pereira is an Assistant Research Scientist, Field Biologist/Range Ecologist in the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) in Las Vegas, NV. She is honored to be nominated for the Nevada Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) board position and she values the opportunity to represent fellow early-career professionals in the Southwest SER community. Tiffany specializes in the ecology, conservation and management of Mojave and Great Basin Desert flora and fauna. She completed her Master of Science in Biological Sciences at UNLV in the Abella Applied Ecology Lab focusing on seed ecology and germination as well as evaluating long-term change in soil seed banks, fertile islands, and plant communities of conservation-priority gypsum rare plant habitat of the eastern Mojave Desert. After eight years working and partnering with all levels of governmental organizations in the U.S., non-profits, and private consulting companies, her current work involves conducting research and providing guidance on natural resource management in Nevada. As both a scientist and artist, she is also dedicated to effective science communication through scientific illustration and graphic design. She has completed commissions for the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, publications, and private entities.
Southeast California Representative: Loralee Larios
Representative – at – Large: Don Falk
Don Falk is Professor in the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Global Change, and Institute of the Environment. Don is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and has received a Fulbright Short-Term Scholar award, the Ecological Society of America’s Deevey Award, and the Udall Faculty Fellowship in Public Policy. Don served as the first Executive Director of the Society for Ecological Restoration. His books include Genetics and Conservation of Rare Plants, Foundations of Restoration Ecology (now in Second Edition) and The Landscape Ecology of Fire. Don was a delegate to the 2015 UN climate summit in Paris and lead the University’s undergraduate degree program in Global Change Ecology and Management. Don holds degrees from Oberlin College, Tufts University, and the University of Arizona.