Ann Bartuska

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Deputy Under Secretary
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"Dr. Ann M. Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She came to REE in September, 2010 from the USDA Forest Service, where she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, a position she had held since January 2004. She served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January - October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative of the Nature Conservancy from 2001-2004. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC.
Dr. Bartuska is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). She represents USDA on the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability of the White House National Science and Technology Council. Bartuska is currently on the Multi-disciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), chartered by UNEP, and is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served as co-chair of the Science and Technology for Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academies, on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents, and is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).