William F. Laurance is a biologist in the research department at The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama which studies tropical nature and its importance for human well-being. Its objective is also to promote conservation by generating interest in the beauty and richness of tropical ecosystems amongst the general public. His latest book to date is entitled “Emerging Threats to Tropical Forests” (C. A. Peres Co-Ed. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA). He is also president of The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) which is accepted as the largest scientific organisation dedicated to the study and protection of tropical ecosystems.