Zsolt Debreczy is renowned research botanist, explorer and traveler, Research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute, Inc., Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA, a position he has held since 1990. With a Ph.D. in botany he started his career as curator of the higher plant collection at the Botanical Department of the Natural History Museum in Budapest, Hungary.
Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Mercer Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. In 1994 he was a founding member of the International Dendrological Foundation, another not-for-profit organisation (the latter established in Hungary).
He organized and led many explorations worldwide that provided the material for the Dendrological Documentation Project including the reference collections for the recently published book Conifers Around the World. Recently awarded Honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causa) at the Budapest Corvinus University.