Bernard Slippers is an Associate Professor in Genetics at the University of Pretoria (UP). He is a research leader of the Tree Protection Co-operative Programme and Centre of Excellence in Tree Health Biotechnology at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). His research focuses on the molecular ecology and evolution of insects and micro-organisms that affect tree health, and associated anthropogenic influences. Slippers received a PhD from UP and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Swedish University of Agriculture in Uppsala. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and other scholarly works. He has been involved in the supervision or co-supervision of numerous postgraduate students and advises government and private organisations on tree protection issues in South Africa, Indonesia, Europe and the USA.