Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation


Switzer Foundation Program and Network News

July, 2012


1.    Introducing the 2012 Switzer Fellows! 

2.    Spring Grants Awarded

3.    Fall Retreats: Save the dates!

4.    July Highlights:  Switzer Network News and Discussions

5.    Leadership Grant Program Announcement

6.    This Month's 5-Minute Task

7.    Missed our June Webinar?  Materials now available!

8.    Upcoming Events and Webinars

9.    Upcoming Conferences

10.  Fellows in the News Highlights


springretreats1.  Introducing the 2012 Switzer FELLOWS!


Twenty new Fellows have joined the Switzer Network that now includes over 500 Fellows across the country and around the world!  Profiles of the 2012 Fellows are now available on our website.  Click here to read about how this next generation of environmental leaders is addressing the critical issues we face today.  Past years' Fellows:  please contact us if you are interested in being a mentor or coach to a new Fellow!




Three Leadership Grants were awarded in May, totaling over $110,000.  Grants were awarded to:


SERC Institute, Winter Harbor, Maine, and Switzer Fellow Eunice Blavascunas - $40,000 for a new staff position focused on development of a social science program for the organization.

San Francisco Estuary Institute, San Francisco, California, and Switzer Fellow Chuck Striplen - $40,000 for staff time to develop a new program called the Tribal Initiative.

Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, San Francisco, California, and Switzer Fellow Leslie Abramson - $30,600 for a second year of Fellow leadership on a collaboration to reduce the incidence of whales and ship strikes.


In addition, one Switzer Network Innovation Grant was awarded:


Council for Watershed Health and Switzer Fellows Nancy Steele and Christine Lee - $17,920 for a project looking into the State of Water Quality and Monitoring Protocols in Southern California.


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 fallretreats3.  FALL RETREATS:  SAVE THE DATES!


The New England fall Fellows' retreat will be held Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16, 2012 at a new location!  This year, we will be based at The Warren Center in Ashland, MA (about 25 miles southwest of Boston).


The California fall Fellows' retreat will be held Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Headlands Institute, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Sausalito.


Details and agendas to be posted soon!  Save the date for your retreat!


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FEATURED FELLOW: Mark Elbroch: The Ecological Role of Pumas (2011 Fellow, Project Leader, Teton Cougar Project)


SWITZER NETWORK NEWS:   Expansion of Chile's Salmon Aquaculture Industry (Kelsey Jacobsen, 2011 Fellow, Researcher, National Center for Ecological Analysis & Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA)


MEDIA CASE STUDY:  The Furor Over Gibson Guitars and the Lacey Act  (Andrea Johnson, 2004 Fellow, Forest Campaigns Director, Environmental Investigation Agency, Washington, D.C.)


BLOG DISCUSSION:  Communications Training - Developing a Personal Distribution List

(Lauren Hertel, 2003 Fellow, Communications Manager, Switzer Foundation)


BLOG DISCUSSION:  Building Bridges Between Researchers and Policymakers (Colleen Callahan, 2009 Fellow, Deputy Director, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation)


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Due to budget constraints for the coming fiscal year, we regret that we will be limiting the upcoming fall Leadership Grant cycle to renewal requests only (for current Leadership Grantees).  We will consider new requests in the spring 2013 cycle.  Please contact Erin with any questions.  


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Every month starting with this issue we'll give you a task you can complete in five minutes that will help you stay connected with Switzer and make the most of the networking we do on your behalf.  This month we're asking you to update your profile photo.  Get tips on what makes a good profile photo . . . and find out how we can do half the task for you!


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Blogging About Your Work, with a roundtable of Switzer Fellows (Jessica Hall, Brett Thelen, Joshua Wickerham, Tara Cornelisse, Laura Wisland).


Materials for all past webinars can be found on our blog.  Please be sure to check if there are any webinars you may have missed!


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July 10, July 25, and August 6:  WEBINAR:  Fellow Website and Social Media Training.  This short webinar will acquaint you with the suite of web-based tools offered through the Switzer Foundation for communications and networking among Fellows.  Specifically designed for new Fellows, but all Fellows welcome if you need a refresher!  (Note:  This webinar is offered three times over the summer: July 10, July 25, and August 6.  You need only attend one.)  Contact Lauren with any questions!

2-3 pm Eastern

Register for the July 10 webinar

Register for the July 25 webinar

Register for the August 6 webinar


July 17:  WORKSHOP:  Society for Conservation Biology, North America Congress:  Using Film to Communicate Science to a Broad Audience.  Switzer Fellows Kristy Deiner (2010) and Matt Hamilton (2010) have organized a workshop on conservation filmmaking best practices as part of a full day event on film and science communication at SCB's North America conference.  Through a Switzer Network Innovation grant, there is funding available to partially support Switzer Fellow participation.  The workshop will run during the day on Tuesday, July 17th, and will be followed by a networking reception and a showcasing of films.  Workshop participants must register for the full day of the conference, but all Fellows (and the general public) can attend the film night for free!   Contact Kristy Deiner or Matt Hamilton if you would like to attend - contact information below.

Location:  SCB North America Congress, Oakland, CA

Date:  Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Click here for the Switzer blog post written by Kristy and Matt, for more information.

Contact Kristy Deiner or Matt Hamilton if you are interested in attending.

Deadline:  No deadline, but registration fees for the workshop increase as the date approaches.


July 18:  WEBINAR:  Innovation in Species Conservation:  Conservation Banking for Candidate Species, with Switzer Fellows Todd Gartner and Josh Donlan.  Todd, of the World Resources Institute, and Josh, of Advanced Conservation Strategies, have been working under a Switzer Collaborative Initiatives grant to develop a pilot conservation marketplace for endangered species - a concept that has gained considerable attention nationwide as a potential conservation and conflict resolution strategy for species like the gopher tortoise, sage grouse and lesser prairie chicken, and that is the subject of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Todd and Josh will introduce their work to date, including the structure, promise and challenges of conservation banking.

Register now!

1 - 2 pm Eastern/10 - 11 am Pacific


September 10:  WEBINAR:  Building a Network for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement in Conservation Development.  Switzer Fellow and Leadership Grantee Sarah Reed (Associate Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society) and her colleague Lindsay Ex (Environmental Planner, City of Fort Collins) will discuss their effort to build a collaborative learning network for practitioners engaged in conservation development.

Register Now!

12:30 pm Eastern/9:30 am Pacific


September 14-16:  New England Fall Fellows Retreat, The Warren Center, Ashland, MA.  (Save the date - details and registration information coming soon!)


October 5-7:  California Fall Fellows Retreat, the Headlands Institute, Sausalito, CA.  (Save the date - details and registration information coming soon!)



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Please let
Erin know if you will be attending any of these conferences.  We can help Fellows connect with each other.  

check our calendar for specific listings of Fellows who are presenting at these conferences. 

Aug 5-10:     Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR
Aug 14-18:  North American Ornithological Conference, Vancouver, BC
Is there a conference or training event you think we should include on this calendar?  Please let
 Erin know.


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fellowsinthenews10.  'FELLOWS IN THE NEWS' HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some professional updates and highlights from Fellows in the News on the Switzer website!


Mark Elbroch's research on puma table scraps was published in Biology Letters and highlighted in ScienceNOW and others.


Matthew Orosz won a 2012 Energy Globe Award for the first solar powered hospital in Lesotho.


Andrew Cohen was quoted in an Associated Press story about invasive species riding tsunami debris to U.S. shores.


Jason Grumet was quoted in an AOL Energy article on the possibility of ending subsidies for renewables.


To read all recent Fellows in the News updates, please visit our website!


(Fellows, send your news and updates to Erin!)  


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