Ray Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conservation, quantitative population dynamics and risk analysis. He co-authored “Quantitative Fisheries Stock Assessment” with Carl Walters in 1992, and “The Ecological Detective: Confronting Models with Data” with Marc Mangel, in 1997 and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles. He serves on the Editorial Boards of 7 journals including the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine. He has been a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, and the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Presidents Commission on Ocean Policy and the Independent Science Advisory Panel for the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna. He has received the Volvo Environmental Prize, the American Fisheries Societies Award of Excellence, and the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists Outstanding Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.