Professor Iain Gordon holds honorary appointments with the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, Central Queensland University, the James Hutton Institute, CSIRO and he is an Associate of Reef Ecologic. He was recently the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Division of Tropical Environments and Societies) at James Cook University and prior to that led the James Hutton Institute (Scotland), focussing on evidence-based solutions for the use of land for agriculture whilst maintaining natural resources and ecosystems. Iain has worked across a broad range of areas including pest management in the Wet Tropics, biodiversity conservation in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Australia and land and catchment management to protect the Great Barrier Reef. Professor Gordon is on the Board of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and he is Chair of the Board’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Iain has a passion and commitment for sustainable regional development and harnessing the tropics’ enormous potential through education and research.