UM Professor Cara Nelson Honored with Restoration Award

September 01, 2015

Cara NelsonMISSOULA – The Society for Ecological Restoration recently recognized University of Montana Professor Cara Nelson for her contributions to the field of restoration by giving her its John Rieger Award.

Named for the Society’s first president, the John Rieger Award acknowledges those who have dedicated their time and skills to advancing the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through the development of SER.

Nelson, who directs the ecological restoration program at UM, serves as vice-chair of the society and has been a member for the past eight years.

According to SER, Nelson “has devoted countless volunteer hours and personal resources to the Society over these past two years, and has contributed to the development of SER since joining the board in 2007 as the regional representative to Pacific Northwest, North America, She has been a strong and consistent advocate for students and was instrumental not only in expanding SER’s student association program, but also in adding a student representative position to the board of directors.”

Nelson is also a longtime member of her local chapter, SER-Northwest, and serves on the editorial board for the journal Restoration Ecology. SER is an international organization with members from more than 70 countries who are engaged in the repair and recovery of degraded ecosystems.

For more information call Nelson at 406-243-6066 or email

Contact: Leana Schelvan, director of communications, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6693,