Cajo J.F. ter Braak (1954) has studied Biology with second major Mathematics (1977, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and Statistics (1980, MSc by research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne , England). He holds a PhD degree from Wageningen University (1987, thesis “Unimodal models to relate species to environment”). His main research contributions have been in statistical ecology and, after 2001, also in statistical genetics and Bayesian analysis and computation for which he developed the adaptive MCMC sampler DE-MC/DREAM. He received the Distinguished Statistical Ecologist award at INTECOL 1998 and is highly cited in the field of Ecology/Environment. He is the senior author of Canoco, software for visualization of multivariate data. Currently he is professor of Multivariate Analysis in the Life Sciences at Biometris (Applied Mathematics and Applied Statistics), Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands.