Stephen Woodley is an ecologist, who has worked in the field of environmental management for over 30 years, as field biologist, park manager, and scientist. He was the first Chief Scientist for Parks Canada where he worked on a number of issues related to protected areas, including developing techniques for monitoring and assessment of ecological integrity, ecological restoration, and sustainable forestry. Stephen now works with the IUCN World commission on Protected Areas, with a focus on understanding what makes protected areas effective in conserving nature. The aim is to place protected areas as a central solution to many of the pressing issues of our times.