Chairman of VSI’s board, Aaron Hirsh is a writer and biologist. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, various literary journals, and The Best American Science Writing. He is a member of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his research, which concerns three main areas—molecular population genetics, epidemiology, and theoretical ecology—has been published in Science, Nature, and PNAS. Hirsh cofounded the biotechnology company InterCell and serves on the board of Roberts & Company Publishers. His book Telling Our Way to the Sea: A Voyage of Discovery in the Sea of Cortez, was published in August by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.