MISSOULA – Associate Professor Cara Nelson, who teaches restoration ecology and directs the Wildland Restoration Program at the University of Montana, was elected chairwoman of the Society for Ecological Restoration at their world conference in Madison, Wis., earlier this month.
This international science-based organization has members in more than 70 countries, hosts annual world conferences and publishes the journal Restoration Ecology. In this two-year-long appointment, Nelson will assist the society in its mission to advance the science of restoration ecology and improve the quality of restoration practice.
“With more than $81 billion invested in ecological restoration in the United States each year, there is a critical need for better integration of science and management,” she said. “My position as chair of SER puts UM at the forefront of advancing restoration science and practice and will facilitate participation by UM faculty and students in national and international restoration initiatives.”