Dr. Filippos (Phil) A. Aravanopoulos is Professor of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding. His background couples Forest and Environmental Science (B.Sc.) and Genetics-Breeding (Ph.D., postdoctoral research). His research focuses on the application of genetic markers research in the assessment of genetic diversity and adaptive evolutionary potential in natural populations, on genetic monitoring, on gene and QTL mapping, on the influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbances and action in the genetic structure and diversity of natural populations (such as climatic change, environmental pollution, forest fires, sylviculture forest management decisions) and on breeding. Dr. Aravanopoulos serves or has served in positions in EUFORGEN (currently Leader of the Genetic Monitoring Group), IUFRO, the European Forest Genomics Network, the Hellenic Forest Science Society, and the Hellenic Scientific Society for Plant Genetics & Breeding (currently Chair). His publications exceed 180, including 135 research papers, of which 60 in international journals and 75 in books and refereed proceedings.