Arboriculture (Tree care)

We would not expect a palm tree to grow in Chicago, or an upland oak tree to grow in a swamp.  Urban environments, especially below ground, can be just as foreign to any tree and must be managed to provide the basic requirements needed for good root growth.

This  project works to determine how best to prune trees to improve resilience to damage from ice storms.

This study investigates the effect of trunk injury severity on initial tree strength loss, and how trees respond to those injuries through adaptive growth.

The number of species that can tolerate poor-quality of roadside soils is limited. Can we increase the diversity of trees that can thrive in this harsh environment and the ecosystem services provided by urban trees by matching soil amendments with tree traits?