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Ann Bartuska

Dr. Ann M. Bartuska

Current Position

Deputy Chief for Research and Development, US Forest Service

Previous Position

Research Fellow, Program Coordinator, Program Manager, Assistant Station Director, Wetlands Staff Specialist, Special Assistant to the Chief, Director (USFS), Executive Director (USFS).


BS - Biology, MS - Botany, PhD - Biology

Q & A

Improve communication skills - not just giving a better lecture to your peers, but being able to provide the 10 word narrative statement that can convey the issue/importance for your work. Take some social science courses along with your biology/ physical sciences. Its not just about being at a university. (for a more in depth look at Dr. Bartuska)
Recognizing that the solution to many ecological problems lies in the social sciences - its about people and the choices they make. I also see a continued exploration of the interface of science and policy.
I got interested in ecology as an undergraduate because it seemed to integrate so many different aspects of science, plus it dealt with real-world problems, not just theory. My career took me to natural resource management positions, but I still fundamentally think of myself as an ecosystem ecologist.
Initially, getting the ecological profession to recognize that applied work was important. Secondly, that being a non-academic was a valued career path. Good news, the ecological profession has embraced both aspects.
Constantly changing issues and challenges associated with our natural resources. The day is never dull.