Robert Z. Melnick, FASLA, is a Senior Cultural Resource Specialist with MIG, Inc, a consulting firm in Berkeley and Portland and professor of landscape architecture at the University of Oregon. He has been working in cultural landscape studies – research, planning, and stewardship – since the 1980s. Melnick was the first Historical Landscape Architect in the National Park Service, and wrote the original guidelines for documenting and protecting cultural landscapes in the national parks. His most recent award-winning work, as PI for the UO Cultural Landscape Research Group, addressed the impact of climate change on cultural landscapes. Melnick is co-editor of the award winning book, Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America, (2000). In 2008, he was awarded the James Marston Fitch Award by the National Council for Preservation Education for lifetime achievement in historic preservation education. Melnick is former Dean of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, former Visiting Senior Program Officer at the Getty Foundation, and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Change Over Time.