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Bryant C. Scharenbroch

Bryant Scharenbroch
Bryant C. Scharenbroch heads The Morton Arboretum Soil Science laboratory (MASS), which performs research, extension, and education activities relating to urban ecology, nutrient cycling, soil quality, tree health, and soil classification. Our research focuses on anthropogenic effects on soils and ecosystem functioning in forests, prairies, and urban landscapes.


PhD, Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Plant Science, University of Idaho
BS, Urban Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
BS, Forest Management, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


Bryant Scharenbroch’s Soil Science Lab


Bryant Scharenbroch is the author of more than 16 technical articles and has presented The Morton Arboretum Soil Science Laboratory’s findings on urban soil quality and tree growth; soil compaction; compost tea and other amendments for urban trees; best management practices; and many other topics at more than 75 conferences, symposia, workshops and other venues. He teaches urban soil science at The Morton Arboretum and other institutions and has mentored more than 40 graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the nation. He is an organizer of the Midwest Urban Tree Care Forum, an annual conference for college students interested in arboriculture and related professions. He is the vice chair of the International Society of Arboriculture’s Urban Tree Growth & Longevity Working Group and is associate editor of the journal Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.    




2013 curriculum vitae