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Barbara Burlingame is a nutrition scientist and Principal Officer in the Nutrition Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). She obtained her undergraduate degrees from University of California, Davis, in nutrition science and environmental toxicology, and her PhD from Massey University in New Zealand. Her expertise includes food composition, human nutrient requirements, and dietary assessment work. Recently, her efforts have been directed toward work on biodiversity for food and nutrition, and developing models and indicators for sustainable diets. She is a member of several scientific advisory boards and international committees; a recipient of the New Zealand Science and Technology Medal; the author of many scientific papers and UN publications, and several book chapters and reference books; and has served in the role of Editor and Editorial Board Member of several food and nutrition journals during the last twenty-five years.