Dr. Francisco Dallmeier has been a conservation biologist with the Smithsonian Institution since 1986. He is the Director of the Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Adjunct Professor of Conservation Studies at George Mason University. He has conducted research and training, published extensively and developed programs associated with biodiversity research, monitoring and conservation in Latin America and Africa. For nearly 20 years, he has been instrumental in forging strategic partnerships between the Smithsonian and the oil and gas industry such as the Gabon Biodiversity Program and the PERU LNG Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Program (BMAP). These partnerships strive to integrate biodiversity conservation and best practices into mainstream environmental conservation and sustainable development.