LISLE, IL (August 9, 2013) – Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, an urban soil scientist at The Morton Arboretum, is this year's recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) Early Career Scientist Award.
The Early Career Scientist Award is given to professionals showing exceptional promise and potential for becoming internationally known for their contributions to arboriculture. ISA President Terrence Flanagan honored Dr. Scharenbroch at a ceremony on Sunday, August 4th in Toronto as part of the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show, August 3-7, 2013.
"Dr. Scharenbroch gladly shares his research findings with the industry and is highly regarded by colleagues as an exceptional scientist and scholar," says Flanagan. "His research on soil assessment and characterization, soil improvement for landscape trees and ecosystem processes in urban settings is significant for the growth of arboriculture and urban forestry."
In his work at the Arboretum, Dr. Scharenbroch studies urban soils to improve tree growth and longevity. An ISA Certified Arborist, Dr. Scharenbroch has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students and also many citizen scientists at The Morton Arboretum Soil Science (MASS) laboratory in such areas as urban ecology, soil quality and tree health.
"For the past five years, we've been quite active with ISA and the local chapters presenting much of our applied research on assessing and improving urban soils for trees," says Dr. Scharenbroch. "As a scientist, I am fortunate to interact with ISA professionals, who guide our research questions and implement our results."
Dr. Scharenbroch is one of eleven distinguished professionals who make up the circle of winners for ISA's Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. ISA has been honoring members and industry professionals with the Awards of Distinction since 1963. The winners are selected by a diverse group of experts in arboriculture. More than 20,000 members make up ISA's organization worldwide.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children's Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, IL, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.