John Skalski is a statistician who looks for mathematically rigorous ways to study the effects that humans can have on natural systems. His methods have been used to do everything from assess the health of salmon populations to determine the impacts of nuclear energy installations on wildlife communities, and have led to regulatory changes in both the oil industry and commercial fisheries. In addition to his research, Skalski has a distinguished record of public service, having designed experiments and developed sampling protocols for many government studies. He is a member of the American Statistical Association, The Wildlife Society, and American Fisheries Society. He is also Co-Director of Columbia Basin Research, a center dedicated to providing quantitative approaches to issues involving endangered salmon stocks in the Columbia River Basin.