Rob’s day (and evening) job is as an ecologist and statistician with the US Geological Survey. His research is focused on dynamics of animal and plant communities in the face of shifting climatic conditions and altered disturbance regimes, such as fire. He has often been accused of being an “extremeophile” because he loves working in alpine ecosystems, deserts, and, of course, lowland tropical forests. Rob first came to BFREE in 1999 to work on his Ph.D. through the University of California, Davis. Like many others before and after him he was sucked in by the wonderful chaos of the tropical forest, but even more he was awestruck by the commitment and impacts that a small conservation organization like BFREE had.