Call for applications to the WSCB Board of Directors!

Do you have a passion to serve and make a difference in conservation? You can make a lasting impact on our Wisconsin Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and give back to Wisconsin’s conservation community by joining our board of directors.

Letters of interest should be sent to wisconbio (at) by December 1st.

Serving on the WSCB Board of Directors allows you to help further our strategic mission of fostering collaborative relationships among conservation researchers, professionals and students in Wisconsin, and advance the science and practice of conservation in our state. As a board member, you make important decisions about our finances, communications, events and initiatives, and engagement in statewide and local conservation policy.

Board members are required to attend six meetings each year, attend chapter events, plan at least two events, workshops, panels, trainings, initiatives, etc. each year, and advertise WSCB events within their own conservation networks. Please see here for more information on specific roles and responsibilities.

Board members will submit a letter of interest and are voted in by SCB global members of the Wisconsin Chapter during our annual meeting on December 7th. Once elected, board members will select positions (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, conservation committee chair, policy chair) amongst themselves.

Please submit your letter of interest as soon as possible and no later than December 1st. The term for the 2017 board of directors begins January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

To submit your nomination, or to request additional information, please email the current Board of Directors at

Feb. 17th – WSCB Meeting featuring Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts

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Wednesday, February 17th, 5 p.m.
UW-Madison Science Hall, room 15

Join us this Wednesday for our next WSCB meeting and a discussion with Mike Carlson, interim executive director of Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts. We’ll hear about conservation challenges and opportunities from the perspective of the land trust community.

Gathering Waters is a statewide service center for Wisconsin’s land trust community, providing direct services and consulting, government relations, and outreach. To find out more about land trusts and the work that Gathering Waters does in Wisconsin’s conservation community, we hope you’ll join us!


Call for NACCB abstracts now open!

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Submission of abstracts for oral, poster, and speed presentations is now open for the 2016 North America Congress for Conservation Biology, the theme of which is, Communicating Science for Conservation Action. The conference will be held in Madison, Wisconsin July 17-20, 2016.

Deadline: January 20, 2016

The scientific program will include plenary sessions, invited symposia, workshops, organized discussions, short courses, poster sessions, and concurrent sessions of contributed oral presentations and speed presentations.  Due to the high level of attendance expected at the meeting and, consequently, limited time and space for oral presentations; poster and speed presentations are strongly encouraged.

Criteria for selection

To increase the probability that your abstract will be accepted in your preferred presentation format, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  1. Scientific merit
  2. Application to conservation biology
  3. Clarity of presentation (e.g. abstract begins with a clear statement of an issue and ends with a substantive conclusion)

All presenting authors must register for the meeting by the early registration deadline of April 25, 2016.

For more information, visit

Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd – featuring WWA’s Tracy Hames

Join us for the next WSCB Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. in UW-Madison’s Science Hall, room 15. We will hear from Wisconsin Wetland Association’s executive director Tracy Hames, on what the challenges and opportunities are for conservation in Wisconsin in the context of WWA’s work. The chapter business meeting will precede at 6 p.m., and is open to all. Want to get more involved in WSCB? Shoot us an email, and let us know your interests!