PhD, Ecology (Ecological Genomics), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
MSc, Medical Genetics, Medical School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
BS, Biology, The College of William and Mary in Virginia, United States
Master Gardener Certificate, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, United States
As the Urban Tree Science Leader, Dr. Chai-Shian Kua works with a wide range of colleagues, from arborists and city managers, to scientists and educators in botanical gardens, universities, and the biotech industry on projects related to urban trees research and management. Locally, in the Chicago Region, Dr. Kua leads the 2020 Chicago Region Tree Census, working closely with Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) and the Center for Tree Science (CTS).
Internationally, she is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Urban Tree Ecology and Applications (SERCUTEA), where she works with colleagues on developing applied urban tree management strategies. Her efforts in developing and improving relationship with partners in China resulted in a signed MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) to engage in professional exchanges and collaborate on urban tree research.
Among some of the projects she helped develop with industry partners are: a pilot study monitoring urban tree water use with real time smart sap flow censors (ICT International, Australia) and genomic sequencing of Tanoak (CGI, U.S.A).