Naturalist Marc Baker has a broad understanding of Africa’s environments, wildlife, people, and history. He spent much of his childhood in Tanzania thanks to his father’s passion for birds and wildlife conservation. As chief ornithologist for a United Nations conservation project, Marc worked throughout East Africa, and he went on to participate in a variety of field projects on the continent, from aerial surveys over the vast wetlands of western Tanzania to a study of the ecology of forest birds in Zanzibar’s Jozani forest. Marc is now at the forefront of developing policies for habitat conservation through payments for ecosystem services, and he continues to pioneer mechanisms for bringing market values to community conservation. A regular contributor to the Tanzanian Bird Atlas and the Carnivore Monitoring database, Marc combines his love for wildlife and adventure with a trained scientific eye and a passion for sharing his knowledge.