Otto Solbrig is currently Bussey Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California and an M.A. honoris causa, from Harvard University. Solbrig was elected fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences in 1996, was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1975, and was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1974. His research interests include population ecology, biodiversity, evolution and ecology of desert, savanna, and forest floor plants, natural resources and land use, especially use of renewable resources of Latin America. Some of his most recent publications include Biodiversity and Savanna Ecosystem Processes (with E. Medina and J.F. Silva, 1995), So Shall You Reap: Farming and Crops in Human Affairs (with D.J. Solbrig, 1994), and Savanna Management for Ecological Sustainability, Economic Profit, and Social Equity (1993).