Dr. Joseph Travis - (Chair)
Joseph Travis is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. Dr. Travis’ research and expertise is on understanding the interplay between ecological processes and how these processes influence population variation in animal and plant phenotypes and density. His current work focuses on the ecology and evolution of livebearing fishes such as guppies and mosquitofish, and how demography (location of habitat) results in unique, localized traits. Dr. Travis began his career at Florida State as an assistant professor in 1980 and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as Department Chair (1991-1997) and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (2005-2011). He teaches the undergraduate course in evolution for majors in biological science and a graduate course in population ecology. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Oecologia, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, and The American Naturalist, and served as editor of The American Naturalist from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Travis served as Vice-President (1994) and President (2005) of the American Society of Naturalists and is currently serving as President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He has also served on advisory boards for the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and on the National Academies committee on the responsible conduct of gene drive research and practice. Dr. Travis was a member of the National Academies Committee on Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct (2015 to 2018). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctoral degree from Duke University.
Dr. Fred W. Allendorf
Fred Allendorf is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Montana. He was a Professorial Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand, 2005-2012). He is an evolutionary geneticist who has spent much of his career applying the theory and molecular techniques of population genetics to problems in conservation. Much of his work in evolutionary genetics has been devoted to understanding the genetics of salmonid fishes following a whole genome duplication event (tetraploidy). He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Aarhus in Denmark, and a NATO Fellow at Nottingham University in England. He was Program Director of Population Biology at the National Science Foundation in 1989-1990, a Senior Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand in 2000-2001, and a Senior Fulbright Specialist at the University of Western Australia in 2013. He was elected Fellow of the AAAS in 1987, elected President of the American Genetic Association in 1997, and has served on the editorial boards of several international journals (e.g., Evolution, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, and Conservation Biology). From 1992-1996, Dr. Allendorf served on the NRC Committee on the Protection and Management of Pacific Northwest Anadromous Salmonids, which reviewed information concerning the seven species of the genus Oncorhynchus in the Pacific Northwest. He received the American Fisheries Society’s Award of Excellence in recognition of his outstanding contributions to fisheries science and aquatic biology in 2011, and the Molecular Ecology Prize for lifetime achievements in the fields of molecular ecology and conservation genetics in 2015. He received a B.S. in zoology from Penn State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in fisheries and genetics from the University of Washington.
Dr. Diane K. Boyd
Diane K. Boyd is the Wolf and Carnivore Specialist at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Kalispell, Montana. Dr. Boyd has more than four decades of expertise on behavior and conservation of vertebrates, with a focus on wild wolf populations. She began her career in 1977 with Dr L. David Mech. Since then, she has conducted and collaborated on research on wild wolf populations in four countries. She moved to Montana in 1979 to study gray wolf recovery in the Rocky Mountains, and followed the population growth from 1 wolf to 2000 wolves at present in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. She has also collaborated on wolf behavior and conservation research in Minnesota, Montana, Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico, British Columbia, Alberta, Italy, Romania, and Ellesmere Island. From 1997 to 1998, she worked for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program. Dr. Boyd received her B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, and her M.S. in wildlife biology and Ph.D. in fish and wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula.
Dr. Liliana Cortes Ortiz
Liliana Cortés Ortiz is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Before starting her career at the University of Michigan she was a Professor at the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. She serves as Vice President for the Neotropics of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Dr. Cortés Ortiz’s research focuses on the evolution and systematics of Neotropical primates. She uses molecular genetics and genomics approaches to address questions related to the diversification of Neotropical primates and the implications of natural hybridization in the origin and maintenance of primate diversity. Her work ranges from field-based data and sample collection to laboratory-based genetic work, and integrates different disciplines such as phylogenetics and systematics, biogeography, morphology, behavioral ecology, and genomics to provide an integral framework to examine primate evolution. Some of this work is implemented in collaboration with scientists in Latin America, England, and the United States. Dr. Cortés Ortiz received a B.Sc. in Biology from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico, a M.Sc. in Neuroethology also from the Universidad Veracruzana, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia in England.
Dr. Lori S. Eggert
Lori S. Eggert is a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Missouri–Columbia. She and her students use genetic and genomic methods to address basic and applied questions in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. At the historical level, studies in her lab use molecular data to determine the patterns of diversity within and among closely related species. By mapping those patterns onto the geographic distribution of species, she seeks to understand the relative roles of evolutionary processes such as geographic isolation, gene flow, natural selection, and genetic drift on patterns of speciation. Current projects include a study of the taxonomic distinctiveness and distribution of species and subspecies of smallmouth bass in the Central Interior Highlands of the United States. At the contemporary level, landscape genetic studies in her lab use molecular data to understand the role of environmental variables on the current distribution of and diversity within species. Current projects include a study of population sizes, sex ratios and connectivity of Asian elephants in Laos. Her research has involved a wide variety of taxa, including mammals, amphibians, birds, and fish, focusing primarily on species of conservation concern. Previously, Dr. Eggert had been a research and postdoctoral associate at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Dr. Eggert was a member of the NRC Committee on the Review of Land Management (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Management Program from 2011 to 2013. She received her B.S. in biology from the University of California, San Diego, her M.S. in ecology from San Diego State University and her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Diego.