July 3, 2013
LISLE, IL (July 3, 2013) – The Morton Arboretum welcomes a new scientist to its research staff. Dr. Jake Miesbauer joined the Arboretum on June 17 as a Research Arborist. In this newly established role, Miesbauer will help launch a new research program primarily focused on improving the health and safety of urban trees through practical topics.
Miesbauer’s primary interest is in tree biomechanics, studying how branch orientation, crown architecture and pruning may impact a tree during a storm. He is working to understand the forces and stresses that cause tree branches to break, with the goal of determining better methods for urban tree care. This research will benefit the arboritculture and green industries as they care for urban forests, parks and parkways.
“When you’re in an urban environment and you see a really large tree in a park or along a street, they’re just so majestic. And when they are damaged or destroyed, it takes a long time for trees to recover or be replaced,” says Miesbauer. “Understanding the best methods for prolonging the life of urban trees will provide practical benefits, such as shade and more clean air and water, as well as beautifying city landscapes.”
“An important component of Jake’s research will be his work with green industry practitioners and arborists to assess best approaches to tree care and management,” says Dr. Nicole Cavender, vice president of science and conservation. “Jake will be a great asset to our interdisciplinary and collaborative research team here at the Arboretum.”
Miesbauer has a Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida as well as a B.S. in Urban Forestry and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
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, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at