Keynote Speakers 2018

Dr. Alan P. Covich

Alan P. Covich received his PhD. in 1970 in ecology from Yale University and a B.S in biology from Washington University-St. Louis in 1964. He was head of the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University from 1992 to 1999 and a professor at CSU until 2002. He was a Sabbatical Fellow at NSF’s National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in 2000. Currently he is a professor in the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia and previously served as Director of the UGA Institute of Ecology (2003-2006). His current research examines hurricane and drought effects on predator-prey interactions, chemosensory communication, and species redundancy in detrital processing chains. Covich served as a North American representative to the International Association of Limnology (2007-2016), as president of the International Association for Ecology (2009-2013), the Ecological Society of America (2006-2007), the American Institute of Biological Sciences (1999-2000), and the North American Benthological Society (1995-1996). He was awarded the Icko Iben Award for Excellence for Interdisciplinary Work by the American Water Resources Association in 1997, elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1999, and a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America in 2012. He received ESA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and the University of Georgia Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. Covich serves on the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and previously as a reviewer for the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US National Science Foundation, and as a consultant to Resources For the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C. Covich co-edited three editions of the Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (Academic Press) and published reviews on freshwater ecosystems in Water in Crisis: A Guide to the World’s Freshwater Resources (Oxford University Press), the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Academic Press), and the Encyclopedia of Hydrologic Processes (Wiley). Covich chaired the National Science Foundation’s Blue Ribbon Committee for Science Evaluation of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) and the Committee of Visitors Review of the NSF Division of Environmental Biology in 2009 and served on several EPSCoR review panels. Covich served on the US-Israel Bi-National Science Foundation Research Review Board, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Advisory Committee, the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico, and the United Arab Emirates Freshwater Science Review Committee, and several review panels for New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was a Fulbright Fellow in 2004 in Portugal working on drought impacts on food webs. Covich was an invited plenary speaker at the 2007 Ecosummit in Beijing, and in 2010 at the British Ecological Society annual meeting, the Iberian Limnology Society in the Azores, the East Asian Federation of Ecological Societies in Korea. In 2011 Covich was a plenary speaker in the Sediment-Network Biodiversity Conference in Venice, and an invited speaker at the School of Nature Conservation, Beijing School of Forestry. In 2017, he was an invited keynote speaker at the Brazilian Limnology Congress and co-chaired the INTECOL Ecological Congress in Beijing.

Dr. Bea Van Horne

Bea Van Horne is Emeritus member at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service in their Corvallis, Oregon Lab, where, from 2014 through 2018 she directed the Northwest Climate Hub for the Department of Agriculture. She has also been a Professor of Biology at Colorado State University where her work focused on habitat quality and management of terrestrial species. She has served as the National Wildlife Program Lead for the US Forest Service, the National Program Coordinator for Ecology for USGS, and as a Program Manager for the Pacific Northwest Research Station of the Forest Service. She recently served as co-editor of a book; People, Forests, and Change, Lessons from the Pacific Northwest published by Island Press.

Dr. John Wiens

John Wiens grew up in Oklahoma as an avid birdwatcher. Following degrees from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., Ph.D.), he joined the faculty of Oregon State University and, subsequently, the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, where he was a Professor of Ecology and University Distinguished Professor. His work has emphasized landscape ecology, conservation, and the ecology of birds, leading to over 260 scientific papers and 11 books. John left academia in 2002 to join The Nature Conservancy as Lead Scientist, and then, in 2008, PRBO Conservation Science as Chief Scientist. He retired in 2014. He now splits his time between his home in Corvallis, Oregon and the University of Western Australia, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He currently serves on the Delta Independent Science Board in California. He has assembled some of his accumulated thoughts in a book, Ecological Challenges and Conservation Conundrums. Essays and Reflections for a Changing World (Wiley, 2016).

Dr. Kimberly With

Dr. Kimberly With is a notable landscape ecologist whose research lies at the interface of landscape ecology and conservation biology with a focus on how spatial patterns influence ecological processes. Her research aims to understand how landscape dynamics affect dispersal and movement on an individual level, as well as how habitat loss, fragmentation, and land management affect populations and communities. She employs an integrative approach combining simulation modeling with laboratory and field investigations to answer these important ecological questions in birds, bats, herptiles, and insects. Dr. With’s work has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the USDA, in addition to several other agencies. In view of her contributions to the field, she was recently recognized as a Distinguished Landscape Ecologist by the U.S. Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology. Dr. With received her B.S. in Biology from San Francisco State University in 1985 and earned a M.S in Biology from Northern Arizona University in 1988. She received her Ph.D. in Biology at Colorado State University under the mentorship of Dr. John Wiens in 1993. Thereafter, she was an Alexander Hollander Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Environmental Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. From 1995-2000, she was an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University and accepted an Assistant Professorship position at Kansas State University in 2000. In 2002, she transitioned to Associate Professor in the Division of Biology. Dr. With is currently a Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University where she is the Director of the Laboratory for Landscape and Conservation Ecology. At present, she is working with several Brazilian colleagues to investigate the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on vertebrates across a landscape-disturbance gradient in the Cerrado, Brazil’s major grassland biome and a global biodiversity hotspot. She is also author of the forthcoming textbook, Essentials of Landscape Ecology, to be published later this spring.