Current Board Members

President: Jen Chivers
jchivers_headshotJen is currently working towards her BSc at York University and hopes to continue onto graduate studies. She was an active volunteer with the SCB-TO pollinator diversity project in Rouge Park, and served as communications coordinator in 2014, helping to organize a nature and wildlife photography contest. She is looking forward to continue engaging the public in local conservation issues.

Vice-president: Amanda Xuereb
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Amanda is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in Marie-Josée Fortin’s spatial ecology lab. Her research has mainly focused on the use of genetic tools in conservation and management, both in her PhD work and in her previous MSc work at Queen’s University. She has been an active member of the SCB Toronto Chapter for 3 years. Before moving to Toronto, she was involved in the SCB Kingston chapter for four years, first as a volunteer and later as co-president.

 

Secretary: Ekaterina Hult

After completing her master’s degree at the University of Toronto in 2009, Ekaterina started working as a research technician in insect physiology. She has 2 years of experience in the environmental NGO sector, and was an active participant in SCB-TO’s Rouge Park project. As Conservation Chair she helped organize a variety of chapter events including a city wide nature and wildlife photography contest. She is excited to continue her involvement in the organization in the coming year.

Treasurer: Christopher Blackford
kayak headshotChris is a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Toronto. His thesis looks at how biodiversity, connectivity, and disease should inform Marine Protected Area placement. When not working on his thesis, he can be typically found biking around Toronto’s beautiful ravine systems.

 

 

Communications Coordinator: Felipe Torres Vanegas

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Felipe is a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department at the University of Toronto. He is interested in exploring the effects that habitat fragmentation has on pollination dynamics and seed dispersal. He is also interested in formulating conservation strategies that maintain and promote gene flow between habitat fragments to sustain long-term population viability.

 

 

Member-at-large: Ilona Naujokaitis-Lewislons1
Ilona is currently a Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is working on demographically informed climate change vulnerability assessments. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Toronto where her research examined the combined influence of direct habitat loss and climate changes on migratory bird seasonal range dynamics. Her aim is to pursue research that helps to inform the conservation decision making process, even under uncertainty. She has been an active SCB-TO board member since 2010 and has held different positions including Secretary, Conservation Chair, and most recently President. She is committed to engaging local communities in conservation science that has global significance, in particular through the ongoing SCB-TO goes Rouge Project. While Wisconsin has edged her closer to the west coast, she hopes to continue her geographic journey westward in the future.

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