Professional and Community Service Activities

Chair, Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions Section, Ecological Society of America (ESA). 2014 – 2016.  I was the elected chair of this active and growing ESA section; we represented the interests of ESA members who are researchers at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), and organized events throughout the year that serve their diverse needs. For example, we received a grant from ESA to develop and host (in collaboration with other ESA sections) several informational webinars on topics of interest to our members, including “How to Run a Successful Research Group at a PUI.”Presentation1

Trinity College and Hartford Community Service Events:

  • Trinity Campus Sustainability Task Force (2015 – 2016). Given that many of the campus projects I was involved in touched on broader sustainability issues, I joined with a few other faculty members and staff to re-invigorate this nascent task force. I took the lead on organizing several community round table discussions, through which we planned several ‘action items’ that were the focus of our groups efforts during the spring 2016 semester.
  • TrinInfo Cafe Community Garden (2014 – 2016). Served as technical advisor to this  community garden based at the TrinInfo Cafe; worked with students to install an automatic drip irrigation system and integrated service days here into course offerings.IMG_1189
  • Trinity Days (Fall 2013 and 2014). Led and assisted with community service projects as part of this annually-held Trinity College day of service in surrounding Hartford communities.
  • Bantam Beginnings (Fall 2014). Co-led and developed an orientation program for incoming IMG_1989first year students to introduce them to the diverse ethnic culinary and environmental histories represented in Hartford, including our historic public parks.