Dr. Robert T. Lackey, professor of fisheries science and adjunct professor of political science at Oregon State University, retired in 2008 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s research laboratory in Corvallis where he was senior fisheries biologist. Since his first fisheries job 44 years ago mucking out raceways in a trout hatchery, he has worked on an assortment of natural resource issues from various positions in government and academia. His professional assignments involved diverse aspects of natural resource management, but mostly you would find him at the interface between science and policy. He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals. Dr. Lackey has long been an educator, having taught at six North American universities. He teaches a graduate course in ecological policy at Oregon State University and was a 1999-2000 Fulbright Scholar at the University of Northern British Columbia. Canadian by birth, Dr. Lackey earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Colorado State University and he was selected as the 2001 Honored Alumnus by their College of Natural Resources. He is a Certified Fisheries Scientist and a Fellow in the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. In 2008 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency’s highest award.