Vernon (Bert) Brink was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent his early years on his parents’ livestock enterprises in BC. He earned a BSA in Agronomy from UBC in 1934 and an MSc in 1936. Graduate work at the University of Wisconsin led to the award of a PhD in 1940. During his graduate training he gained practical experience at the Canada Department of Agriculture Station at Manyberries in Alberta, where he was faced with the problems of grasshoppers and over-grazing which were principal causes of “dustbowl” conditions. Further experience was gained at the Canada Department of Agriculture Range Station in Kamloops.