Grange Insurance Audubon Center Director, Leigh Ann Miller, welcomes Rebecca Swab to the team, “Rebecca is a proven leader with a deep understanding of crucial ecology work in central Ohio and across the state. Her background will position Grange Insurance Audubon Center to be an active participant with national Audubon science staff and other community partners on important conservation projects and initiatives.”
Dr. Rebecca Swab is the new Conservation Manager for the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (GIAC) in Columbus, OH.
Swab joins Audubon beginning February 22, 2021 and will focus on serving as a bridge between conservation managers, researchers, policy makers, and the public. She will incorporate climate change planning into restoration projects, and will couple them with research to determine which methods work best. Swab will be responsible for developing information about which methods are the most successful at reaching goals such as increasing native species diversity and ecosystem function which will then be shared with the conservation community to improve the field. Improving the field of conservation is important to Swab; she has given presentations to the general public, taught courses for college students, and developed material and presentations for conservation professionals.
Prior to joining the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Swab was the Director of Restoration Ecology at The Wilds from 2015-2020. There she gained experience in restoration of a wide variety of ecosystem including prairies, forests, and wetlands. An Ohio native, Swab attended The Ohio State University where she received combined bachelors and master’s degrees. She went on to complete her Ph.D. at the University of California Riverside, where she studied how plants respond to stressors such as changing fire intervals and climate change in California, Australia, and Denmark.
Swab comments, “I am excited to join the team at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. National Audubon Society has many great conservation initiatives that I plan to grow in the Columbus, Ohio, and Great Lakes region. During this U.N. declared decade of ecosystem restoration, improving landscapes for birds and other wildlife is a priority of many conservation organizations. I hope the Grange Insurance Audubon Center can work with partners in the region to protect and enhance our ecosystems, and make Ohio a strong part of this global effort.”