The AAPS Team

In addition to staff and board members, the AAPS team includes many volunteer leaders. See the following links for information about AAPS Working Group leaders and Journal Editorial Board members.

Executive Director, Jennifer Shirk

I work to research, advance, and serve efforts involving public participation in scientific research. As Executive Director of the Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences, I strive to build connections for leaders and learners in all contexts to share practical and evidence-based knowledge for effective research collaborations. As a researcher (PhD, Cornell Natural Resources), I explore promising practices that support integrity in both research and public engagement. My particular passion is for understanding the ways that building relationships can support more effective collaborations in complex conservation and management settings. I am continually fascinated by life on an island in southeastern New York.

Program Manager, Reanna Putnam

I provide structure and support to core AAPS programming–our membership, working groups, webinars, conferences and virtual events. I strongly believe that organizations function best when many voices are heard and many skill sets are leveraged and appreciate the collaborative nature of my work. I have a Master’s degree in Sociology from Colorado State University where I was involved with numerous participatory and applied research projects and a background in non-profit program development. I live in the Shawnee National Forest in beautiful Southern Illinois with my wildlife researcher husband and two kids.

Editor-in-Chief, Cat Davis

Cathlyn (Cat) Davis (Ph.D.) is a tenured researcher at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Editor-in-Chief of the Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal. She has extensive experience designing, studying, and evaluating public engagement with science including participatory science design and assessment, educator/scientist professional development, and integrating science practices and technology in learning environments.

Managing Editor, Sayzie Koldys

I am a Maine-based editor with a BA from Skidmore College, an MA in English/Writing from the University of New Hampshire, and an MFA in Writing/Fiction from Boise State University. As an in-house Production Editor for Annual Reviews, I oversaw all aspects of production across three scientific disciplines and proofread across more than forty. As a freelance editor, I’ve improved the clarity of papers, reports, and all manner of research and application materials for government offices, university faculty, and postdoctoral students. Most recently, I copyedited and managed production for The Future of Bluefin Tunas (2019), published by Johns Hopkins University Press. When I’m not editing, I write, teach cooking classes, ski, hike, scrape old paint from an even older sailboat, and endeavor to learn about the places where ocean, food, and culture intersect.