“Dr. Byers worked with me twice in an international context, once in Namibia while leading a Biodiversity Assessment for the USAID Mission, and once in Bolivia while on TDY with a partner NGO. I recruited Dr. Byers for the Namibian position because I knew that he was technically outstanding but also had the skills to manage a difficult team in a challenging post-Apartheid environment. The product was excellent and he went many extra miles to provide the Mission with satisfactory results. As a trained ecologist, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the fields of forestry, ecosystem services, environmental education, and gender, and the overall management of natural resources and adaptive management processes.” Barbara Belding, former USAID Program Officer in Namibia and Bolivia, writing in 2006.