Dr. Ann Bartuska
Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Ann M. Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics within the U. S. Department of Agriculture. [NOTE: She was asked to serve as Acting Under Secretary for REE effective January 1, 2017] She came to that position from the Deputy Chief for Research and Development (R&D), U.S. Forest Service (FS), which she held from 2004 to 2010.
Ann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Daughter of a physician (mother) and engineer (father), she developed an early interest in science. She developed an early interest in nature thru neighborhood walks where her mom identified trees, plants and urban wildlife.
She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.). Her past research has focused on ecosystem processes in landscapes disturbed by coal mining.
She held a position at North Carolina State University prior to joining FS R&D in 1987. She came to the Washington Office in 1991, and has held positions as Director of Forest Health Protection (S&PF) and Director of Forest & Range Management (NFS) before leaving the FS. In 2001, Dr, Bartuska left the Forest Service and took a position at The Nature Conservancy as Executive Director of their Invasive Species Initiative, as position she held in 2004 when she returned to the Federal government.
She was elected President of the Ecological Society of America (2003) and has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents; Dr. Bartuska also is a member of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science). She was on the Nicholas School for the Environment, Duke University, Board of Visitors and twice served on the LTER (Long-Term Ecological Research) Advisory Board of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Bartuska also served on the inaugural Multi-disciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), chartered by UNEP and co-chaired the Science and Technology Roundtable for Sustainability of the National Academy of Sciences, on which she still serves as USDA representative. Most recently, she was named Chair, Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) of the NSTC and Vice-Chair of the Civil Applications Committee (CAC), a classified position in which she works with the Intelligence Community in geospatial and remote sensing issues.