Robert (Bob) Hanner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph. He worked at the American Museum of Natural History as a Kalbfleisch Postdoctoral Fellow and Curatorial Associate of their Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection before joining the Coriell Institute of Medical Research as Scientific Director. He has also served as President of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). Since joining the University of Guelph in 2005, he has developed a broad ranging research program in molecular biodiversity. Focusing on food security issues in collaboration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, his research involves DNA-based bio-surveillance of agricultural pests, plant viruses and vectors of disease. Notably, it has also engaged citizen scientists, journalists, and NGOs in revealing market substitution and food fraud, both in Canada and internationally. The environmental or “eDNA" research he currently spearheads aims to support conservation of aquatic species-at-risk and has received funding from Genome Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), together with support from varied industry partners including Limnotech, Precision Biomonitoring, SLR Consulting and Stantec.