Dr. Ann M. Bartuska has been named as the new Vice Chair for Adaptation Science at USGCRP. Dr. Bartuska is currently that Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics at USDA, and has previously served as the Acting Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA as well as the Deputy Chief for Research and Development, U.S. Forest Service. She came to government from The Nature Conservancy, where she was Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative from 2001-2003.
Dr. Bartuska is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). Her past research has focused on ecosystem processes in landscapes disturbed by coal mining. She was elected President of the Ecological Society of America (2003); has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and on the Nicholas School for the Environment, Duke University, Board of Visitors. Dr. Bartuska is also a member of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and the Society of American Foresters. She has recently been appointed to the LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Advisory Board and as Co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences Sustainability Roundtable.