Meet your #ComSciConESA organizers! These are the folks putting in the hours on designing the first conference-style ComSciCon for this year's Ecological Society of America's annual meeting in New Orleans, LA!
Luke is a first-year M.S. student in Biogical Sciences at Florida International University in the Wetland Ecosystem Ecology Lab where he focuses on understanding the effects of sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Florida Coastal Everglades marshes. He also feels strongly about building good science communication principles as a graduent student and actively works to improve his own communication skills. He is the managing editor of the blog site Rapid Ecology where you can periodically find his posts, is a regular contributor at Wading Through Research, and holds the Secretary position in the ESA Student Section.
Vivian is a first year master's student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. She is studying the effects of different land ownerships upon forest structural complexity and carbon storage in western Oregon using airborne and satellite remote sensing tools. In her free time, she loves sailing and searching for good Texas barbecue in Seattle.
Kelly is a PhD student at the University of Utah. Her research interests revolve around the influence of climate on forest ecosystem dynamics. She is particularly interested in using tree physiology, genetics and modelling to understand and predict tree species’ responses to climate change-driven drought events in the southwest U.S.
Rob is a PhD candidate in the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution at Rutgers University and visiting student at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab. He synthesizes evidence on research bias within invasion ecology. He is the vice chair of the ESA Student Section. He makes art and hosts a podcast called Science in Progress.