Alan Hastings is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, as well as an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 1977, and then was on the faculty at Washington State University for 2 years. Since 1979 he has been at UC Davis, first in the Department of Mathematics and since 1985 in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy. He works on questions in theoretical ecology and more generally mathematical biology, with recent work at the interface between statistical physics and ecology as well as workrelated to management of ecological systems. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Theoretical Ecology, co-editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, and former co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Mathematical Biology as well as serving on a number of other editorial boards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Ecological Society of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Society for Mathematical Biology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.