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Andre F. Clewell taught botany at Florida State University in Tallahassee for 16 years before entering private practice as a restoration practitioner and plant ecologist. He owned a consulting firm for 22 years. He served as President of the Society for Ecological Restoration and is currently the managing trustee of the newly formed nongovernmental organization, RNC-South Asia, which is affiliated with the RNC Alliance, based at the Missouri Botanical Garden. His research interests include ecosystem inventory and characterization, restoration ecology, and plant systematics. Clewell served on the board of directors of SER International during the first seven years of that organization's existence and as SER's second president for two of those years. He owned A.F. Clewell, Inc. in Holmes Beach, Florida, which was founded in 1984 and closed in 2006.
James Aronson is a full-time researcher, and for over 20 years has been involved with research and development programs aimed at restoring and rehabilitating degraded ecosystems in the Mediterranean region, South America, Africa, and elsewhere. Since 1992, he has been a researcher with the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CNRS) in Montpellier, France, where he serves as Head of the Restoration Ecology Group. He is also Curator of Restoration Ecology at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri.