Dr Simon Stuart has been Chair of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since October 2008. He is also a visiting professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath. Prior to this, he was the Senior Species Scientist for both IUCN and Conservation International. In 2004 he completed the Global Amphibian Assessment which highlighted the global phenomenon of amphibian declines and extinctions. Simon has undergraduate and doctoral degrees in conservation biology from the University of Cambridge, and has undertaken fieldwork in Tanzania and Cameroon. He previously worked with BirdLife International. From 1991 to 2000 he served as programme head of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, and from December 2000 to April 2001 as Acting Director-General of IUCN. He lives near Bath, in the UK, with his wife Ann and daughters Claire and Jyoti.