Vance Russell is the Biodiversity Lead for Ecosulis Ltd., developing and implementing cutting edge research, innovation and technology projects focused on rewilding, habitat restoration and biodiversity conservation. Previously, he was a climate change and wildlands consultant for a variety of clients worldwide including Distributed Energy Financial Group, Flora & Fauna International and California Parks & Recreation Department. Vance was the California Director of Programs for the National Forest Foundation where he managed, led and funded community forestry projects. Prior to joining NFF, he was director of Audubon California’s Landowner Stewardship Program working with farmers and ranchers to restore habitat in a manner compatible with existing agricultural operations. Vance is the vice board chair of Groundswell International and serves on the board of trustees for the South Downs National Park Trust. He co-authored Wild Harvest – Farming for Wildlife and Profitability which details the importance of conservation incentives for landowners and Maximum Yield? Sustainable Agriculture as a Tool for Conservation, which examines the dynamic relationship between agriculture and conservation. Vance received his M.Sc. degree in Forest Science and Natural Resources Management from Cornell University and B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster, graduating with highest honours.