Robert Hanner serves as an Associate Professor at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph. He currently serves as Campaign Coordinator for the Fish Barcode of Life (FISH-BOL) initiative, a project of global scale that aims to assemble a standard reference sequence library for the molecular identification of all fishes. He also serves as the North American node representative to the Global Biodiversity Information facility (GBIF). Dr. Hanner is a former President of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). Prior to his arrival in Guelph (August of 2005), he served as the Scientific Program Director for the Coriell Cell Repositories (at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research) and prior to that, he was a Curatorial Associate at the American Museum of Natural History where he spearheaded the establishment of the Ambrose Monell Collection for Molecular and Microbial Research. His research program in molecular biodiversity has applications in biomonitoring and food security.