Gray Merriam, PhD, DSc is a retired professional ecologist. He is a past-president of the International Association for Landscape Ecology and holds international awards for ecological scholarship and research published in international scientific journals. He has spent significant time in most Canadian ecological regions, often on extended canoe trips photographing landscapes and wildlife. He lives on the Salmon River in eastern Ontario where he works as a pro bono consultant to volunteer groups engaged in land and watershed stewardship. In recognition of that work he has received a Pioneer Conservationist Award from the A.D. Latornell Conservation Symposium.