Irena Creed holds an M.Sc in Botany and Environmental Sciences, and a PhD in Geography, both from the University of Toronto. She is Executive Director of the School of Environment & Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor at Western University, London (Ontario), where she served as a Canada Research Chair in Watershed Sciences for the previous 10 years. Irena uses contemporary techniques, including satellite- and ground-based measurements, field and laboratory experimental manipulations, and statistical and mathematical models to develop a predictive understanding of global change effects on ecosystem hydrological and biogeochemical processes and their ecological endpoints. Irena has an international reputation for creatively combining theory and practice to improve understanding of the links between hydrological and biogeochemical processes and their ecological consequences in freshwaters, particularly for communities-at-risk. She has taken leadership roles on Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants and has been invited by provincial and federal governments to provide evidence to support policy decisions on ecosystem services. She has researched environmental issues across Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, including studying the future of the Laurentian Great Lakes and the Saskatchewan River Basin She is also actively engaged in training in the United States, Europe and Africa.