Matthew A. Cronin received a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University in 1989, an M.S. in Biology from Montana State University in 1986, and a B.S. in Forest Biology from State University New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1976. Dr. Cronin was a U.S. Coast Guard officer from 1981 to 1984. He has worked in the government, university, and private sectors in wildlife and livestock ecology, genetics, and evolution.