Kamran K. Abdollahi, Ph.D., is a national fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) and professor and program leader for the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Kamran was instrumental in establishing the first urban forestry Bachelor of Science degree-granting program in the nation, which is now under the SAF accreditation. He led the program to achieve Master of Science and Ph.D. degree-granting status and provided leadership for establishing the first Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Department in the nation. He has been serving as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the National Urban Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). Kamran served for more than 10 years as an executive board member of the National Association of University Forestry and Natural Resources Programs (NAUFRP), served as president of the Arboriculture Research and Education Academy of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and was an editorial board member for the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. He received a Certificate of Achievement from Oxford University in England for his contribution to the Climate Change Roundtable. Kamran has provided leadership in urban forestry for SAF by serving as chair-elect and chair for more than six years. He has served as co-director for the Gulf Coast Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and co-edited several books on the subject. He was recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Abdollahi’s research activities focus on urban forest tree species contributions to air, water, and soil quality. He has directed more than 20 research projects and has published and presented more than 100 scientific papers. Currently, Kamran is leading the bioenergy and biochar research initiatives at Southern University. He has an agricultural engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in soil sciences, and Ph.D. in forest ecophysiology from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry at S.F. Austin State University. In addition, he has been trained as an urban forester through the University of Florida Urban Forestry Institute, the ISA, Davey Tree Institute, and the Arbor Master, Inc. Dr. Abdollahi has received numerous awards at the local, state, national, and international levels for excellence in teaching, research, and service.