“Extremely motivating and enthusiastic” is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Rodger. As an undergrad at UMass Amherst, I have had the pleasure of knowing Rodger for a year and a half, during which we collaborated on designing and implementing methods to create a life table for the endangered puritan tiger beetle. Above all, I was particularly impressed with Rodger’s ability to juggle advising multiple student research projects, which made a dramatic difference in the productivity level of our PTB recovery team. And, how could I forget, his unwavering ability to encourage others during our weekly meetings, making sure everyone left feeling optimistic. Rodger also graciously served as a reference for me, which resulted in my job offer at Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA. Rodger would be a true asset to any team and he earns my highest recommendation.