Jim Schaefer is a professor of biology at Trent University, where he teaches conservation biology, mammalogy, ecology, and research design & data analysis. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles. As a Leopold Leadership Fellow and a member of International Boreal Conservation Science Panel, he is also committed (and trained) to communicate science to non-scientists. Jim has been interviewed by the print and broadcast media on numerous occasions, and has written dozens of newspaper articles as well as plain-language technical documents for government, NGOs, and the public. The author is donating all his royalties of Two Houses of Oikos to Symons Trust for Canadian Studies.