RICHARD L. HAEDRICH is a biological oceanographer and ichthyologist who specializes in the ways deep-sea fishes relate to their environment. In spite of having what he calls “a strong distaste for getting wet,” Haedrich has been chief scientist on numerous research cruises, initially based out of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and later out of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He is an emeritus professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where he has taught fisheries biology and oceanic biogeography since 1979 and played a lead role in directing oceanic research. His most recent work has focused on changes in the fishery ecosystem of Newfoundland before, during, and after the cod collapse of 1992. He is coauthor, with Nigel Merrett, of Deep-sea Demersal Fish and Fisheries (Chapman & Hall, 1997); and from 1999 until 2004 he was co-chair of the ocean fish subdivision of Canada’s Endangered Species Committee. He lives in downtown St. John’s with his wife, Susan; when not at sea, he enjoys cycling and playing trombone in the easternmost jazz band in North America.