matthew Grabau


Matt has over 12 years of experience working in ecological restoration, with a combination of applied research and program management roles. He is currently a Science Coordinator for the Southwest Region of US Fish and Wildlife Service in Tucson, Arizona. He works with partners on collaborative conservation and restoration programs, including landscape-scale assessments and developing tools to prioritize where projects are implemented on the ground. Previously, Matt worked at the Sonoran Institute, where he managed riparian restoration for the Colorado River Delta Program in northwest Mexico. During this time, he also worked with US-Mexico binational working groups to determine how to maximize ecological and social benefits of environmental flows to the Delta. Previously, Matt worked as an environmental consultant with GeoSystems Analysis, Inc., where he focused primarily on applied research on riparian restoration and eco-hydrology on the lower Colorado River. 




Amber Inggs is a Civil/Environmental Engineer in the Ecological Restoration group of Louis Berger in Morristown, New Jersey. Amber’s work focuses on the restoration of streams, large tidal wetlands, emergent wetlands and coastal systems. In her group, she serves as hydrology and hydraulics technical analysis lead on ecological restoration design and green infrastructure projects. She also provides plan and cost estimate development, feasibility studies, assists field crews, serves as construction oversight and participates in stakeholder meetings.  Ms. Inggs’ environmental restoration and conservation experience spans a wide geographic range including the Pacific, Latin America, and South Africa, along with the US. She received her BS. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Central Florida and is an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP). Amber is passionate about large scale restoration of tropical and temperate rainforest ecosystems, a field she aspires to focus her work in.




Shaddi is a recent environmental engineer graduate of the University of Florida. His academic interests were geared towards engineering, but his experiences have led him to develop a passion for wildlife and conservation. Coming from a very dry and desert-like environment in Egypt, Shaddi discovered the beautiful wetlands and salt marshes of Florida, and grew to understand the importance of marshes as a thriving ecosystem, a vital form of natural filtration, as well as a coastal protection. At Louis Berger, he is on a team assigned to create the design for one of the largest DEP projects in Cape May, NJ, where a formerly magnesite plant and landfill are being restored to an intricate salt marsh. The project incorporates diverse habitat for migratory bird species and other forms of life by the beach. Being part of the design team, Shaddi is working with scientists and biologists to find innovative ways to create habitat while allowing for tidal flux. 




Vickie is a passionate, energy centered, solutions oriented business consultant, accountant, and tax preparation professional. With a BSBA in Accounting from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business, Vickie founded MHR Consulting, LLC in 2005. Her employment history includes 23 years with a Fortune 500 Company in operations management, internal audit, and corporate training. Vickie has been a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration since 2008 and is honored to help facilitate SER’s Mission, “to promote ecological restoration as a means of sustaining the diversity of life on Earth and re-establishing an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture.” Vickie helped in the formation of the Southwest Chapter of SER, serving as pro tempore leadership and obtaining 501(c) 3 determination from the Internal Revenue Service. Beyond accounting, Vickie enjoys working in the yard, sprouting plants/herbs, UofA Basketball, and her absolutely wonderful husband of 27 years, Roger! 



At-Large Director

Craig is a Programme Officer for the IUCN Global Forest and Climate Change Programme where he helps assess the geographic and biodiversity components of national and sub-national assessments of Forest Landscape Restoration opportunity in support of the Bonn Challenge. This work focuses on the knowledge, tools, and capacity required by stakeholders and varying administrative levels to comprehensively assess and communicate the spatial and political potential for large-scale restoration in their jurisdictions. Craig has also acted as the Grants Coordinator for the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office since 2013.  Throughout his career, Craig has pursued a passion for nature, ecology and science by designing and participating in field research projects as well as teaching at the collegiate level. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of South Florida, and a research-based Master of Science Degree and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science & Policy and Geographic Information Science from George Mason University.





At-Large Director

Daniel is a professional agro-ecosystems designer, director of the Permaculture Research Institute in the USA, South Africa, and Italy. Dan is the principal partner of Natural Capital, LLC, Plant Database, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Temperate Climate Polyculture Design, and a Masters of Professional Studies in Horticulture from the University of Minnesota. He enjoys the rigors of developing new strategies and researching the applied science behind ecological restoration and design. His projects are in Haiti, Lebanon, Costa Rica, Spain, Senegal, Egypt, Canada, across the United States, and the United Kingdom.



Matt harwell

At-Large Director

Dr. Harwell is a Supervisory Ecologist at the Gulf Ecology Division, US Environmental Protection Agency in Gulf Breeze, Florida USA.  Matt has spent two decades working on restoration science in multiple systems including Chesapeake Bay, Lake Okeechobee, South Florida and the Greater Everglades, and most recently the Gulf of Mexico.  Matt’s areas of specialization include ecosystem assessment, integration and communication of science for decision makers, and adaptive management and ecosystem restoration.  Matt has been involved with the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration since its inaugural year in 2004.  Matt has a B.S. in Biology from University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences (College of William and Mary).  Matt is a foundational member of LERS, serving as Pro Tem Secretary in his personal capacity since 2014.



todd caplan

At-Large Director

Todd has over 18 years of experience designing and managing habitat restoration projects, leading vegetation monitoring studies, and assisting clients with complex watershed management challenges. He currently works for GeoSystems Analysis, Inc., out of the Albuquerque, New Mexico office. Prior to consulting, Todd was a natural resources director on a 90,000-acre American Indian reservation where he developed grant funded programs in river-floodplain habitat restoration, rangeland management, water resources and community outreach/education. Combined with his technical foundation in vegetation ecology, Todd applies his program management background to lead interdisciplinary teams on projects associated with habitat restoration, burned area emergency rehabilitation, riparian ecosystem studies, and watershed assessments