Dr. Martinez del Rio earned a B.S. from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida. He is currently a member of the editorial board for American Naturalist. He has a distinguished research record with numerous publications in the areas of physiological ecology, ecology, and natural history and conservation biology. He has also received several teaching awards at the University of Wyoming. He is passionate about leading the University of Wyoming's Biodiversity Institute's mission of science-based education, outreach, and research.