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Scientists at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum’s scientists are distinguished researchers in fields related to the biology, planting, care, and conservation of trees. Working with collaborators from around the world, they present their findings to public and professional audiences, through conferences, prestigious scientific journals, and presentations throughout the community. Arborists, horticulturists, landscape designers, natural area stewards, public officials, and home gardeners all benefit from their knowledge and expertise. The Arboretum’s research programs all support its basic mission: to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

 

Stephanie Adams, MS, Plant Health Care Research Specialist
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Catherine Bechtoldt, MS, Science and Conservation Project Coordinator
Program: Science and Conservation
 
Tim Bell, PhD, Research Associate
Research area: Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology
 
Emma Bialecki, MS, Forest Ecology Research Assistant II
Research area: Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems
 
Marlin Bowles, MS, Plant Conservation Biologist
Research area: Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology
 
Ray Brand, Research Associate-Entomology
Research area: Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology, Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems
 
Bethany Brown, Systematics Research Assistant I
Research area: Genetics and Biodiversity
 
Christine Carrier, MS, Research Assistant I
Research area: Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems
 
Michelle Catania, Soil Science Research Assistant I
Research area: Urban Forests and Ecosystem Services
 
Nicole Cavender, PhD, Vice President of Science and Conservation
Program: Science and Conservation
 
Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Project Coordinator
Program: Community Trees
 
Melissa Custic, MS, Regional Trees Initiative Coordinator
Program: Chicago Regional Trees Initiative
 
Lindsay Darling, MS, Research Assistant I
Research area: Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems
 
Andrea (Andi) Dierich, MS, Community Trees Project Coordinator
Program: Community Trees
 
Kurt Dreisilker, MS, Head of Natural Resources
Research area: Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management
 
John Dwyer, PhD, Research Associate
Research area: Urban Forests and Ecosystem Services
 
Robert T. Fahey, PhD, Forest Ecologist
Research area: Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems
 
Elisabeth Fitzek, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
Research area: Genetics and Biodiversity
 
Marlene Hahn, Med, Herbarium Assistant and Special Projects Assistant
Research area: Genetics and Biodiversity
 
Samniqueka Halsey, MS, Research Assistant I
Research area: Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology
 
Angela Hewitt, MS, Root System Biology Research Specialist
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Andrew Hipp, PhD, Senior Scientist, Plant Systematist, and Herbarium Curator
Research area: Genetics and Biodiversity
 
Kate Lueders, Research Aide
Research area: Genetics and Biodiversity
 
Marvin Lo, Research Assistant
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Jason W. Miesbauer, PhD, Research Arborist
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Frederic Miller, PhD, Senior Scientist-Entomology
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement, Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management
 
Daniel Mueller, Entomology Research Aide
Research area: Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management
 
Sue Paist, ArbNet Coordinator, ArbNet
Program: ArbNet
 
Brande Redfield, Entomology Research Aide
Research area: Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management
 
Joseph Rothleutner, MS, Tree Improvement Specialist
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Bryant C. Scharenbroch, PhD, Urban Soil Scientist
Research area: Urban Forests and Ecosystem Services
 
Lydia Scott, Director of the Regional Trees Initiative
Program: Chicago Regional Trees Initiative
 
Gary Watson, PhD, Head of Research
Research area: Tree Care and Improvement
 
Murphy Westwood, PhD, Tree Conservation Specialist
Program: Global Trees Conservation