Clarence Swanton obtained his BSc in botany from the University of Toronto, his MSc in agrometerology from the University of Guelph and a PhD in plant ecology from the University of Western Ontario. In 1985, he joined the University of Guelph as a faculty member in the Department of Crop Science, and later served as first Chair of the Department of Plant Agriculture. His research is focused on weed ecology and the development of integrated weed management systems for field and horticultural crops. Swanton has won numerous awards for his research, including the Ontario Agricultural College Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Guelph Presidential Distinguished Professor Award, Excellence in Weed Science Award for Canada and the Weed Science Society of America’s Outstanding Researcher Award. He is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Society of Agronomy, the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America.