Meet Our Chairs

The Urban Ecology Collaborative is made up of many organizations. There are two UEC Co-Chairs that have alternating terms for two year periods. Co-Chairs are generally selected to have different roles in supporting urban ecosystems, do not live in the same city, and are not part of the same organization. Once a Co-Chair has completed their term of service, they are asked to sit on the steering committee for at least one year past the expiration of their service as Co-Chair.


UEC Co-Chairs

Term: 2018-2019

Dexter Locke, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), University of Maryland



Sophie Earll, Research Associate, Casey Trees



Past UEC Co-Chairs

Term: 2016-2017

Charles, Murphy – Baltimore Parks and Rec


Term: 2015-2016

Jessica Sanders, PhD – Director of Technical Services and Research at Casey Trees, Washington, D.C.


Office Phone: 202-349-1905


Term: 2014-2015

Mike Duran-Mitchell – Director of Urban Forestry at New York Restoration Project, New York, NY


Office Phone: 212-333-2552


Term: 2013-2014

Erica Smith Fichman – TreePhilly Program Manager at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia, PA



Term: 2012-2013

Sarah Tobing – Project Manager for Wetlands and Riparian Restoration at New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York, NY