Luke L. Powell, PhD, is the founding director of the Biodiversity Initiative. Luke is a Marie Curie Fellow at University of Glasgow. He received his Masters at the University of Maine, where he studied ecology and conservation of the rare and declining Rusty Blackbird, and received his PhD at Louisiana State University, where he studied the effects of rainforest disturbance on birds of the Brazilian Amazon. He then spent two years at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center studying interspecific competition in the Caribbean. Currently he is interested in the ecosystem services that birds and bats provide in agroforestry systems in Cameroon. He has been working in tropical rainforests since 2005.