Louis J. Gross is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics and Director of The Institute for Environmental Modeling at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has led the effort to develop an across trophic level modeling framework to assess the biotic impacts of alternative water planning for the Everglades of Florida. He is also well known for service on editorial boards of a variety of journals and being the organizer of over twenty conferences of professional societies. He is currently Past-President of the Society for Mathematical Biology and served as Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Education in Biocomplexity Research. He has served as Chair of the Theoretical Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America. He has co-directed several Courses and Workshops in Mathematical Ecology at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, has edited or co-edited four books, including Individual- Based Models and Approaches in Ecology and Some Mathematical Questions in Biology: Plant Biology. In addition to his research in computational ecology, he has ongoing research projects in photosynthetic dynamics, landscape ecology, and the development of quantitative curricula for life science undergraduates. He has been a leader in promoting the interaction of scientists and educators in envisioning the future of biology education. He is a long-time volunteer for Jubilee Community Arts and Community Shares, has hosted and produced folk music programs for WUOT-FM since 1983, and serves as House Sound Engineer for concerts at the Laurel Theatre in Knoxville.