Dr. Ed Redente has 45 years of experience as an ecologist and specializes in the reclamation of mining related disturbances. Dr. Redente is internationally recognized as an expert in mined land reclamation, restoration, and ecosystem level monitoring to assess the effects of reclamation techniques. He conducted reclamation research on virtually every major aspect of reclamation during his 30-year tenure as a research and teaching professor at Colorado State University. During his tenure, Dr. Redente was a research and teaching professor, and served as the Department Head of Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship, Director of the Center for Ecological Risk Assessment, Associate Vice President of Research for the University, and both Research Dean and the Dean of the Warner College of Natural Resources. He has received numerous awards for his reclamation research work, including the Theodore M. Sperry Award presented by the Society for Ecological Restoration International in 2007 and the 2007 Jim Pendleton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mined Land Reclamation, presented by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources’ Mined Land Reclamation Board. He has worked on reclamation projects throughout the U.S. and in Peru, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada, Hungary, Australia, and China. In 1992 he worked with the World Bank and the Peruvian Ministry of Energy to develop reclamation guidelines for the hard rock mining industry. He has published over 150 scientific articles on various aspects of disturbed land ecology and reclamation.