Jason Martina recently joined Texas A&M as the coordinator of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Doctoral Program and Applied Biodiversity Science Program. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Plant Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior working on the impacts of plant invasion on carbon and nitrogen cycling in Michigan wetlands. After which he did a postdoc at the University of Michigan where he continued investigating the causes and consequences of plant invasion in coastal Great Lakes wetlands through a combination of computational modeling, mesocosm experiments, and field surveys. Before starting this position at Texas A&M, Jason was an assistant professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. Recently, he received funding to determine the efficacy of different management techniques using computational modeling to inform management decisions focused on the control of common reed (Phragmites australis) in the Saginaw Bay area in Michigan. Jason is very interested in the integration of conservation theory with practice because without such interaction real-world progress will be hard to achieve.