Pete Rand is the conservation biologist at the Wild Salmon Center, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He is a salmon scientist, and serves as Chair of the IUCN Salmon Specialist Group. In recent years he was led research and conservation projects in Russia and Japan, but has extensive experience working in a wide variety of rivers, estuaries and oceans where salmon are found. Pete recently spent six months in Japan on fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and Fulbright. Pete holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.