Reinmar Seidler is a graduate student in the Department of Environmental Biology of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has published articles on tropical forest management and sustainable development issues in Conservation Biology journal (1998), the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (2000), and Island Press (forthcoming). His research interests include land use change and environmental education, and he has co-led Earthwatch research groups studying Neotropical butterfly migration.
Kamaljit S. Bawa is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has worked in conservation biology for the last thirty years in Central America and South Asia. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 papers in professional journals and has edited several monographs and books. He has been a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment. He is the editor in chief of Conservation and Society, a recently launched interdisciplinary journal on conservation; he also serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is, or has been, a member of several national and international advisory panels, and is Past President of the Association for Tropical Biology. He is a member of the board of several foundations, and also the founder-trustee of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE). ATREE is a non-governmental organisation devoted to research, action, and education, with units in Bangalore and Bagdogra, India, that respectively focus on two global hotspots of biodiversity: the Western Ghats and the Eastern Himalayas.