I have worked with Rodger for the past year and a half as a Research Assistant with the Puritan Tiger Beetle Recovery Project. He has been instrumental to my learning and development as a member of the project team. He has always been there for me as a mentor, giving me useful advice when I feel out of my depth. I have benefited greatly from his extensive scientific knowledge, as well as from his many years of professional experience. Rodger has truly been crucial to my success as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and my learning has been enriched by the many opportunities and experiences he provided me.