With a PhD in Ecology from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, Hamish is a Professor of Stream Ecology and the Associate Director of the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine in Orono. He served as the graduate coordinator for the interdisciplinary Ecology and Environmental Science program (UMaine’s largest research-focused graduate program), and is on the editorial board of the leading aquatic journal, Freshwater Science. Hamish began his research at RMBL during graduate school in 2004, and has continued his work on community and ecosystem processes in high elevation wetlands at the Mexican Cut Nature Preserve ever since. Hamish has served on RMBL’s research committee since 2021, and as a PI, has mentored 14 undergraduate students, 3 graduate students and two postdocs at RMBL. Along with his expertise in freshwater science research and education, Hamish brings the first-hand experience of a PI living at RMBL with a young family, and has also navigated the opportunities and challenges brought by cross-generational transitions in long-term research programs at the lab. His interest in serving on the RMBL board is driven by the desire to advance scientific excellence at RMBL while promoting a constructive, nurturing, and family-supportive environment.