John Marzluff, Ph.D. is a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, and has the privilege to study what interests him and weave his discoveries into classes and public lectures. He is fascinated by the ways in which people and birds interact and influence each other. This leads to typical studies concerning how humans challenge birds, often to the point of extinction (for example, he has studied Spotted Owls, California Condors, and Hawaiian Crows, three of the world’s rarest birds, as well as human actions that threaten birds such as urbanization, military activity, and logging). But it also leads him to investigate creative interactions between birds and people (for example, how our interactions with crows and ravens stimulate our art, language, and other facets of culture). He is an avid fly fisherman, bird watcher, and dog enthusiast (having raced sled dogs and served as sheep to border collies). He lives in western Washington with his wife and two daughters.