DCS 2021 -2022 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

https://nicholas.duke.edu/people/faculty/pimm

Executive Board Members

Meghan Seyler – Co-President

Hi, I’m Meghan! I am a second year MEM student with a Concentration in Business and Environment. Before coming to Duke, I majored in Biology at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). While at UCSB, I fostered my love for animals by working at a small animal vet clinic and volunteering for the Santa Barbara Zoo and Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network. Prior to attending Duke, I worked in a  neurobiology lab at the University of California San Francisco studying the genetic pathways involved in Autism and Alzheimers. My interests include conservation genetics, human-wildlife conflict, and integrating sustainability in the corporate sector.

Katie Taylor – Co-President

Katie Taylor is an advocate for wildlife conservation; she strives to educate the public about wildlife conservation and why protecting them and their habitats is so important.  Katie received her Environmental Policy degree from Colorado College in 2015 and is from sunny Southern California. She worked for Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. and founded a network called ‘Endangered Species Protection Network’, where she hosted lectures and other events to educate the public about wildlife conservation issues.  Currently, Katie is a second year Master of Environmental Management student at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University.

 

Elise Harrigan – Secretary

Hi! I am a second year MEM/MF student in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration. I am originally from Richmond, Va and completed my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. Prior to coming to Duke, I worked for a international non-profit in Washington, DC, where I worked on communications and partnership marketing for the organization’s global conservation projects. After completing my masters,  I hope to work on community-based conservation projects to help secure a sustainable and healthy future for wildlife, the forests and people.

James Jurcak – Treasurer

My name is James Jurcak, I’m a second year Business and Environment student at the Nicholas School. I have a background in environmental science, I love wildlife and conservation (big fan of fish and mammals). In my career and life I’d like to work towards linking the resources of private industry with the objectives of conservation!

Kendra Sultzer – Event Coordinator

Hi!  I’m a second year in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation concentration.  I grew up in Pennsylvania and studied Biology and Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York.  Before coming to the Nich School, I worked two different AmeriCorps jobs in West Virginia and Maryland, and most recently, at an army base in South Carolina.  I’ve been lucky enough to participate in so many neat projects, including trail maintenance, forest boundary marking, combatting invasive species, and monitoring woodpeckers.  My background and passions include prescribed fire, wildlife connectivity, endangered species protection, and natural resource management.  When not at school, I can be found running, hiking, or birdwatching in Duke Forest or grabbing a donut from Monuts.  Happy to meet you all!

Phoenix Feng – Event Coordinator & International Representative 

I am a MEM student with EEP concentration (but “mentally” belongs to ESC! ) I finished my undergraduate in School of Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University in China. Originated from environmental journalism, my interest in the conservation has grown and then scratched the surfaces of multiple environmental issues including climate change, illegal wildlife trade and community-based conservation. I once interned in a Tibetan conservation NGO, whose human-nature values influenced a lot in my further conservation practice. In my spare time, I love cooking vegetarian food and eager to explore more plant-based lifestyles such as cruelty-free products, zero-waste and sustainable fashion. If you have anything curious about veganism, feel free to reach out 🙂

Anna Nordseth- PhD Rep.


DCS 2020-2021 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members

M.C. Murphy, Katie Taylor– Co-Presidents
James Jurcak – Treasurer
Elise Harrigan – Secretary
Kendra Sultzer – Event Coordinator
Phoenix Feng –  International Representative & Event Coordinator
Anna Nordseth – PhD Representative
Meghan Seyler, Avery Martin – First Year Representatives


DCS 2019-2020 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members

Courtney McCourstin – President
Steven Yang – Treasurer
Mingfei Xiong – Secretary
Lea Selby – Event Coordinator
Phoenix Feng –  International Representative & Event Coordinator
Anna Nordseth – PhD Representative
M.C. Murphy, Katie Taylor – First Year Representatives


DCS 2018-2019 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members

M.C. Murphy, Katie Taylor – Co-Presidents
James Jurcak – Treasurer
Elise Harrigan – Secretary
Kendra Sultzer – Event Coordinator
Madison Cole – Event Coordinator
Vicky Jia –  International Representative
Anna Nordseth – PhD Representative

, Katie Taylor – First Year Representatives


DCS 2018-2019 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members

Julia Geschke – President
Sky Bischoff-Mattson – Treasurer
Isabel Hillman – Secretary
Virginia Frediani- Event Coordinator
Sunny Qiao – Event Coordinator
Seokmin Kim –  International Representative
Chase Nunez – PhD Representative
Courtney McCourstin, Mingfei Xiong – First Year Representatives


DCS 2017-2018 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members

Shane O’Neal – President
Madeleine McMillan – Event Coordinator
Jimmy MacCarthy – Treasurer
Gina Daniel – Secretary
Amalia Alberani – International/Beaufort Rep.
Chase Nunez – PhD Rep.
Sky Bischoff-Mattson, Julia Geschke – First Year Reps.


DCS 2016 -2017 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members
David Grace – President
Emily Mills – Treasurer
Eva Drinkhouse – Event Coordinator
Congjie Nancy Shi– Event Coordinator
Nathan Walker – Event Coordinator
Priya Ranganathan – International Representative
Chase Nunez- PhD Representative
Madeleine McMillan- Secretary
Shane O’Neal- First Year Representative

DCS 2015 -2016 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members
Trisha Gopalakrishna – President
Erin Vining – Secretary
Meredith Wojick & Sara Mason – Events Coordinator
Yiyun Gu – International Representative
Chase Nunez – PhD Representative

DCS 2014 -2015 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members
Erika Zambello – Co-President
Emily Blanchard – Co-President
Jianyu Wu – Outreach Coordinator
Ian Markham – Networking and Careers Chair
Emily Chapin – Event Coordinator
Charlene Wu – Event Coordinator
PhD Liaison – Ryan Huang
PhD Liaison – Danica Schaffer-Smith

DCS 2012-2013 Leadership:

Faculty Sponsor
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Executive Board Members
Joe Lemeris – President
Alison Huyett – VP Operations
Christy Ihlo – VP Programs
Andrew Whelan – External Affairs Chair
Jennifer Moore – Research Chair
Lindsey Desmul – Activities Chair

Partners:
Triangle Society for Conservation Biology (TSCB) – promoting inter-institutional cooperation in the Research Triangle.

Founded in 2011 by:
Stephanie Roe, Sam Baraso, Emily Myron, June Reyes, Cooper Rosin, Sanjyot Sangodkar