Dr. Scott A. Mori was born in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1941. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he obtained his B.S. degree in 1964 in Biology and Conservation, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was awarded his Ph.D. in botany in 1974. He taught botany and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield from 1969 to 1974 and has been the curator of the Summit Herbarium in Panama (1974-1975) and of the herbarium of the Cocoa Research Center in Bahia, Brazil (1978-1980). He was Director of the Institute of Systematic Botany at The New York Botanical Garden from 1995-2001 and is currently the Nathaniel Lord Britton Curator of Botany at the same institution. His major research emphasis has been on the taxonomy and ecology of New World tropical rain forest trees. He is an expert on the Brazil nut (Lecythidaceae) family and on the lowland Amazonian flora. Much of his research focuses on the relationships among plants and animals in tropical forests. He and his collaborators have published an illustrated Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana for which they were awarded the prestigious Engler Medal in Silver for 2002 by the International Association of Plant Taxonomists. He is a co-editor of the Flowering Plants of the Neotropics published by Princeton University Press. Dr. Mori is a former Executive Director of Flora Neotropica, a Fellow of the Explorers Club, a past President of the Torrey Botanical Society and current member of the Council of the Society, and an adjunct professor at the City University of New York, the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation centered at Columbia University, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Dr. Mori was recently awarded the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration.