ROBIN WALL KIMMERER, Ph.D., is a plant ecologist, writer, and State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She serves as the founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. Of European and Anishinaabe ancestry, Robin is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her essays appear in Whole Terrain, Adirondack Life, Orion and several anthologies. She is the author of Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 2005. Her latest book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants was awarded the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.