From ACEER Pres. Dr. Roger Mustalish
I am delighted to announce that as of March 1, 2015, Dr. Nora Bynum will take the position of Executive Director of the ACEER Foundation. Nora has been involved with the ACEER for more than 15 years, and was instrumental in organizing and supporting the ACEER-Organization for Tropical Studies joint ecology and conservation course in Peru, which ran for a number of years beginning in 1999. Nora has also served as Chair of the Science and Education Committee and member of the ACEER Board of Directors from 2002-2007, and Chair of the ACEER Board from 2007 to the present. In this new role, Nora will work closely with the ACEER President and the Board to further develop and implement a strategic vision for the ACEER, as we look to both consolidate and expand our operations on the ground in Peru to best support both conservation of biodiversity and well-being for the people of the Amazon.
Nora also currently serves as the Director of the Science Action Center at the Field Museum of Natural History. The ACEER and the Field Museum will be actively seeking projects and initiatives of mutual interest in order to foster collaboration between these two institutions in the coming years.
Nora’s previous position have included being Vice Provost at Duke University, where she played a leadership role in the development of Duke Kunshan University in Jiangsu Province, China, which opened its doors in August of last year. Nora also is Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. She has a doctorate from Yale University’s joint program in Anthropology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to her position at Duke, Nora worked at the American Museum of Natural History for eight years, developing and directing conservation training initiatives in the tropics. Nora has extensive field experience in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.