John Aguiar earned a Master's in marine biology from ODU and a Ph.D. in wildlife biology from Texas A&M. His doctoral research focused on the biogeography and conservation of small mammals in the Brazilian Amazon. He has worked as an editor at several international journals, where he shepherded manuscripts in three languages—English, Spanish and Portuguese—through every stage of the publication process. He has also worked as a science writer for the Cousteau Society and other environmental groups. He writes in a variety of fiction and nonfiction formats, although people tell him that his short stories really need to be thousand-page novels.