Peter Quinby, AFER's founder has been Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Scientist since 2004. Dr. Quinby has studied landscape ecology and conservation for the past four decades. He received his masters degree from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and he was a Certified Senior Ecologist through the Ecological Society of America (10 yrs). For his doctorate, he studied old-growth forests in Algonquin Park and has conducted ecological field studies throughout Ontario, the northeastern U.S., in the Canadian arctic and in Central America. He was a professor at numerous universities including Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Quinby has published many scientific articles and technical reports addressing the topics of old-growth and forest landscape ecology, natural areas management, wildlife habitat assessment, wildlife corridor design, and species-at-risk. He is co-author of the book, Ontario's Old-growth Forests, now on its 2nd edition. His/AFER work has been cited in more than 50 different refereed journals and many other publications.