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2019 Symposiumi-Tree

Speakers

Keynotes

John McNeil

Turning Plans into Policy

John McNeil, McNeil Urban Forestry

John led the Town of Oakville Ontario's Forestry Section through three decades of growth and development. The Town of Oakville was recognized by the Canadian Forestry Association as the 2007Forest Capital of Canada. Oakville was one of the first municipalities in Ontario to undertake an i-Tree Eco Project and Strategic Forest Management Plan in 2005 and 2008 respectively. The town was the first municipality in the world to undertake its own i-Tree Eco change analysis Project in 2015. Under John's leadership, Oakville received wide recognition as a model urban forestry program and was the first in Canada to receive Accreditation by the Society of Municipal Arborists in 2015. His awards include: 2009 Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) Forester of the Year Award; 2013 OPFA John H. Sellers Award and 2014 Society of Municipal Arborist's Award of Merit.




David Nowak

Future of i-Tree Presentation

David Nowak, SUNY ESF

David J. Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nowak received a B.S. and M.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He has authored over 300 publications and leads teams developing the i-Tree software suite that quantifies the benefits and values from vegetation.




Welcome Speakers

Chuck Kroll

Chuck Kroll, SUNY ESF

Chuck Kroll is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at the SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY. He attended Tufts University, graduating in 1987 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and in 1989 with an MS in Civil ∓ Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, Chuck worked as a Staff Engineer for the consulting firm GZA Geoenvironmental, where he gained experience with surface water, groundwater, and vapor extraction modeling and their application in the practice of environmental and water resources engineering. Chuck entered the Civil & Environmental Department at Cornell University in the fall of 1991 and worked under the guidance of Jery Stedinger to earn his PhD in 1995. After a year as a Lecturer at Cornell University, he joined the Faculty of SUNY ESF in 1996. Over his career his research has been supported by a variety of federal agencies, including the USGS, EPA, NSF, and USDA, and he has been given awards for his research, teaching, and service activities.




David Amberg

David Amberg, SUNY ESF

Dr. David Amberg is the interim president of ESF. Amberg has served as vice president for research at Upstate Medical University since December 2014, overseeing the clinical, translational and basic research portfolios of the campus. During his tenure, Upstate Medical has seen three consecutive years of near double-digit growth in research expenditures and a five-fold increase in clinical trial expenditures. He has also held academic appointments in Upstate Medical's Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology since 1996 and was named full professor in 2008. He was awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004, was named a SUNY UMU Jacobson Scholar in 2009, received the President's Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research in 2011, and was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012.




Jim Zwack

Jim Zwack, Davey Institute

Jim Zwack is the Vice President and General Manager of the Davey Institute. He has a B.S. in Urban Forestry and an M.S. in Tree Physiology, and has been working in arboriculture for 20 years. The Davey Institute is the research, environmental programs, training, and educational arm of the Davey Tree Expert Company. The Institute’s staff of technical experts have advanced degrees in entomology, urban forestry, and horticulture, and they provide all forms of technical support to Davey’s service lines across North America. The Davey Institute also leads the development and support of the i-Tree suite of tools that allow urban forest managers to quantify and articulate the ecosystem service benefits that trees provide. Jim has served on numerous industry and professional affiliation committees and boards, including a two-year term as Chairman of the Board for the TREE Fund.




Chuck Kroll

Mark Buscaino, Casey Trees

Mark Buscaino is the Executive Director for the non-profit Casey Trees, established in 2002 to restore, enhance and protect the trees and forests within the District of Columbia.  Originally from New Jersey, Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master of Science in Forest Resources Management/Silviculture from SUNY-ESF.

Mark began his career in 1983 as a forestry program volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa. Since then he has held several positions including: Deputy Project Manager for the Urban Forest and Education Program in New York City; City Forester for Takoma Park, Maryland; Urban Forester for Fairfax County Virginia; and Chief and State Forester for the District of Columbia.  Prior to joining Casey Trees in 2006, Mark served as the National Director for the USDA Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program in Washington, DC. 

Under Mark's tenure, Casey Trees has grown from 12 employees to 55 with an annual budget in excess of $6MM/yr. Casey Trees is involved in all aspects of DC's urban forest, including public education, tree planting, advocacy, inventories, canopy goal setting and tracking, etc.. Mark serves/has served on numerous commissions and boards, including Mayor Vincent Gray's Green Ribbon Committee; the Washington Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee; the Montgomery County Maryland Forest Conservation Advisory Committee; iTree Executive Committee, Friends of the National Arboretum; DC's Urban Forest Advisory Committee and others.




Oral Presentations

Kris Giffith

Davey's i-Tree Tools Application for USFS Landscape Scale Restoration Project

Kris Giffith, City of Canton

Kris Griffith is an Engineering Technician working for the City of Canton (Ohio), Engineering Department. She has over 10 years of experience in Project Management and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). She is currently the project manager for the City's $206,000 Landscape Scale Restoration Grant from the U.S. Forest Service and has utilized Davey's i-tree tools to assist with restoration of the City's tree canopy. In addition, she has used the ArcGIS platform to develop a tree inventory for the City as well as various mobile data collection applications.   She has a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Kent State University in Ohio and has completed the Ohio Division of Forestry's Ohio Tree Commission Academy program.




Al Zelaya

Thinking Outside the Bark: Adapting i-Tree for International Urban and Rural Forestry Projects in Developing Countries

Al Zelaya, Davey Institute

After starting as a volunteer, Al Zelaya has spent 20 years working in urban forestry, arboriculture, and natural areas restoration and management. Since 2008, Al has worked as an urban forester in Chicago at the Davey Institute, the company's main research, development and innovation division. His responsibilities include development, research, training, and providing technical support for domestic and international i-Tree projects. Previously, Al was a Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and worked as a Forester for the Lake County Forest Preserves in Northern Illinois. Al is an ISA certified arborist and has a BA from DePaul University.




Laurie StottMike Parlow

Assessing Urban Forest Values Using a Combination of LiDAR, TSI, and i-Tree Eco Field Data

Laurie Stott, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Laurie Stott has over twenty years of experience in the natural resource industry and specifically, in field inventory projects. She has used remote imagery, the Global Positioning System and Geographic Information Systems to inventory and assess aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Laurie has taught in the Renewable Resource programs at BCIT for over 10 years and has developed and delivered several courses in digital field mapping, geographic information systems, computer applications and urban forest inventory.  Laurie holds a degree in International Relations with a focus on economics, international development and environmental policy, a diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation management and a Master's in Education and Technology. Laurie has initiated and led several i-Tree inventory and research projects using a wide range of technologies and data sources in several urban communities and co-developed a part-time studies course for Urban Forest Assessment using i-Tree tools. She continues to study the use of LiDAR with the i-Tree Eco application and is currently playing around with drones and photogrammetric imagery to see what may be possible with these technologies for urban tree and natural capital assessments.

Mike Parlow, Object Raku Technology

Mike Parlow has successfully led and managed efforts in software product management and remote sensing project management for the past 25 years.  One of Object Raku's founders, Mike leads the team's strategic vision and was a key contributor to the creation of Object Raku's Tree Species Identifier software suite.  As Object Raku's President, Mike has managed technology projects partnered with federal, provincial, and state governments, large corporate clients, and three universities. These efforts have ranged from pure research & development projects to system integration work involving leading edge technology and systems.




Satoshi HirabayashiTan Xiaoyang

Customizing i-Tree Eco to Estimate Ecosystem Services Provided by Street Trees in Kyoto, Japan

Satoshi Hirabayashi, The Davey Institute, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Satoshi Hirabayashi is an Environmental Modeler with 16 years of experience in solving urban environmental issues with computer- and GIS-based models as well as several analytical techniques such as statistical, sensitivity and time-series analyses.

Currently with the Davey Institute, based at the USDA Forest Service in Syracuse, NY, his primary responsibility is the development of core computer models of i-Tree software suite, including biogenic emissions, air pollution removal, precipitation interception, public health benefits, and human thermal comfort provided by trees.

He is also engaged in the US nationwide as well as various international assessments of air quality improvement by urban forests. His recent interest includes application of i-Tree's ecosystem service models and concepts in his home country, Japan.

He published many research papers on environmental modeling and GIS applications in technical journals in the US and Japan. He earned a Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Resource Engineering from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Tokyo City University in Japan.

Tan Xiaoyang, Kyoto Univeristy

Xiaoyang Tan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University under the supervised by Prof. Shozo Shibata. Her doctoral research is about the evaluation of performance and ecosystem services of street trees in Kyoto city. Her research has been supporting by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. Prior to joining Kyoto University, she worked at Ningbo Ningbo municipal construction safety and quality supervision institution as an administrator of landscape projects for two years.




Lindsay Darling

Communicating the Value of Trees Across 7 Counties and 284 Municipalities

Lindsay Darling, The Morton Arboretum

Lindsay uses mapping to better understand how trees influence urban landscapes. She heads data analysis and mapping for the Chicago Region Trees Initiative, and is working on a project to remotely identify tree species across the seven-county Chicago Region. She also works to turn these findings into products - including interactive maps, flyers and presentations - that can be used by forest managers, tree stewards, and the broader public. Lindsay also works to identify where tree plantings could have the biggest impact. Lindsay also works to identify where tree plantings could have the biggest impact. This project weighs landscape characteristics, surface temperature, air quality, socio-economic, and health variables to find communities where tree plantings are the highest priority.




Naomi Zurcher

Creating an i-Tree Eco-based Urban Forest Management Toolbox: Turning i-Tree outputs into Climate-Adaptive outcomes, offering management strategies for growing the Swiss Urban Forest

Naomi Zürcher, Arbor Aegis / European Forum on Urban Forestry

Growing up in Bronx NY and studying dance and music throughout my formative years, I would never have imagined the professional life realized. I studied Botany, Horticulture, Landscape Design, but nothing fit until my first hike in the Catskills (NY) Forever Wild forest. My tree journey led me to the developing world of Urban Forestry studies and relationships with Federal and State Urban Foresters, enabling me to:

  • co-author the Federal ReLeaf U&CF program for NY State;

  • implement and chair ReLeaf in NYC;

  • author Recommendations for an Urban Forest Management Plan;

  • coordinate international and local educational conferences, seminars and workshops for professionals and concerned citizens;

  • develop/initiate informed stewardship/citizen science opportunities for concerned NY residents, e.g. the Asian Longhorned Beetle NYC Public Outreach program (Federally-funded).

I became a Certified Arborist in 1996, working as a Consulting Arborist, specializing in reviewing/editing/authoring Tree/Landscape Preservation/Protection specifications for large public infrastructure projects, developing a "Building WITH Trees" approach to design and build. I co-organized and chaired NYC Root Zone, a 501-c-3, authoring publications and providing informal educational opportunities for landscape professionals. I am now semi-retired, living in Luzern Switzerland and working to enhance and advance European Urban Forestry through:

  • contributions to the recently concluded COST GreeninUrbs;

  • the Swiss federally funded Climate Change Adaptation project;

  • implementation of i-Tree;

  • European Forum on Urban Forestry steering committee membership.





Chan Ryul ParkDooahn Kwak

Comparison of Pollutants Reduction by Trees Between i-Tree Models and Conventional Models at Five School Forests in Korea

Chan Ryul Park, National Institute of Forest Science

Chan-Ryul Park has been working in the field of urban wildlife ecology and management. He majored in animal ecology, ornithology and forest ecology at the Department of Forest Science, Seoul National University from March 1988 to February 2001 in Korea. His dissertation was titled “Interaction networks among plants, insect and breeding birds.” After he had been appointed as a research associate at the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Kyoto in 2002, he studied interaction networks among plants, insects and birds in human-dominated landscape of Kansai region, Japan for one year. In 2003, he accepted a permanent position as a researcher at the National Institute of Forest Science of Korea to develop policies for urban forests, biodiversity and traditional forest knowledge (TFK). He has been an executive secretary of Asian Network of Traditional Forest Knowledge (ANTFOK), and supported ANTFOK to hold its annual conference and workshops on the TFK and Culture in Asia since 2008. He has collected and analyzed the changing pattern and characteristics of particulate matters and heat waves that are related to urban forests and human in particular.

 

Dooahn Kwak, Urban Forests Research Center, National Institute of Forest Science

Dooahn Kwak received his MS and PhD in Environmental Science & Ecological Engineering from Korea University. He now works as a Research Scientist for the National Institute of Forest Science. He is interested in urban forest inventory, and socio-economic value assessment and its evaluation by remotely sensed data.




Wendy Batenburg

Implementation of i-Tree Eco in the Netherlands: A Three Year Study in 14 Cities

Wendy Batenburg, Terra Nostra

Wendy Batenburg is an arboricultural consultant and involved in research & development at Terra Nostra. She worked as a senior research scientist at an academic institution for years and published many scientific papers in international journals. In 2015 she started working in arboriculture at Terra Nostra, knowledge center for trees and soil. Terra Nostra is an innovative arboricultural consultancy in the Netherlands involved in scientific research and product development. Over the last few years Terra Nostra has been involved in the implementation of i-Tree Eco in the Netherlands as project leader and with Wendy as the project coordinator.





Conor Nugent

Curio - Environmental Empathy & Action

Conor Nugent, Breadboard Labs

Conor is one of the co-founders and creators of Curio, an environmental monitoring, outreach and education platform (www.curio.xyz). He has a degree in computer engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Trinity College, Dublin. After working on industry focused research projects in University College Cork as a postdoc he went on to work for a number of start-up companies including Idiro, TreeMetrics, and Intercom before going on to create Curio.

Along with his fellow co-founder, Paul, his motivation in creating Curio was build tools that enrich people's view of the world around them and help them take an active part in the effort to protect their environment. This led to successful funding applications to the European Space Agency and to leveraging and integrating a number of exciting technologies including remote sensing, machine learning, crowdsourcing and the i-Tree ecosystems services models. Curio's technology is currently being used in projects in the US and Europe.





Christopher NytchElvia Meléndez-Ackerman

From Urban Forest to National Forest: Adapting i-Tree Eco and Engaging Citizen Scientists in El Yunque

Christopher Nytch, Fundacion Amigos de El Yunque

Christopher Nytch is an ecologist, with interests and experience in the fields of urban, landscape, and forest ecology. He is a project leader with Fundación Amigos de El Yunque and directs the El Yunque National Forest Citizen Science Vegetation Monitoring Project. He is also an affiliated investigator with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rio, Río Piedras Campus. Chris uses interdisciplinary frameworks and tools to investigate vegetation composition, landscape structure, and their influence on functional processes of social-ecological systems, including ecosystem services.

He is likewise an environmental educator and practitioner who collaborates with non-profit, governmental, and academic organizations, and local communities. Through his work, Chris aims to bridge the gap between knowledge generation and its practical application for sustainable resource stewardship, and cultivate regenerative relations between people and place.

Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

I am an ecologist by training but an interdisciplinary researcher by experience.  I have a broad background in evolutionary-ecology, conservation, ecological responses to climate variability.  In more recent years my research has expanded to address sustainability and adaptive capacity issues within the context of urban social-ecological systems. How feedbacks between social and ecological factors influence human wellbeing is a current research interest.  I have been working with the San Juan ULTRA Network (Urban long-term research Areas) for over 10 years evaluating the social and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the city of San Juan. My research group concentrated on the quantity and quality of green infrastructure, provision of ecosystem services and the social and ecological factors that drive variability in the functionality of green spaces in the city.  My students and I have been collaborating in projects incorporating the inventory of urban trees in San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Santo Domingo Dominican Republic to evaluate the spatial and temporal variation of tree abundance, diversity and associated services with variation in social and ecological factors in those cities.





Mark MajewskyTonya ListerJason Henning

Urban Forest Inventory & Analysis (UFIA) and its Relationship with i-Tree

Mark Majewsky, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

Mark has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from SUNY ESF and has been with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program for 27 years, working throughout most of the Midwest and is currently the national lead coordinating the development and implementation of the Urban FIA program with a large team including federal, state, local, and university cooperators across the country.

Tonya Lister, USDA Forest Service NRS

Tonya Lister is a research forester and has been working with the USDA Forest Service in the Northern Research Station's Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit since 2000.  She formerly worked as the state analyst for both Delaware and Maryland, and now focuses on Maryland. Tonya is involved in the implementation of FIA's urban forest inventory program and is helping lead national urban forest reporting efforts.  Her areas of interest include urban forest analysis, GIS, land use change, and forest fragmentation.





Eric Wiseman

Applications of i-Tree Tools in Higher Education and Outreach in Virginia

Eric Wiseman, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Eric Wiseman is an associate professor of urban and community forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Clemson University. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Wiseman worked as a commercial arborist in the southeastern United States and is an ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Dr. Wiseman's research and extension efforts focus on tree care practices, urban forest ecophysiology, and green infrastructure assessment and management. His teaching at Virginia Tech includes lecture and lab courses in urban forestry and arboriculture. He is also state coordinator for the Virginia Big Tree Program. Dr. Wiseman has held numerous leadership positions, including serving on the executive committee of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy, the accreditation committee of the Tree Care Industry Association, the board of directors of the Virginia Urban Forest Council, and the board of directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Dr. Wiseman has won several awards for his research and teaching accomplishments, including the ISA Early-Career Scientist Award in 2012, the Outstanding Faculty Award of the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in 2014, and the Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education in 2016.





Charity Nyelele

The Equity of Urban Forest Ecosystem Services and Benefits in the Bronx, NY

Charity Nyelele, PhD Candidate, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Charity Nyelele is a PhD candidate in Environmental Science at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, NY working with Chuck Kroll, an Environmental Modeler. Ms. Nyelele, a Fulbright Fellow, has a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree and a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Geography from the University of Zimbabwe, and has worked for an environmental research institute, an agriculture and livelihoods research-based Non-Governmental Organization as well as the Lupane State University in Zimbabwe where she was a Lecturer. Ms. Nyelele has a diverse background in geography, strong quantitative and qualitative skills as well as expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing applications to environmental research. Her PhD research focuses on quantifying the ecosystem services and benefits from urban trees and assessing the equity of these services within an urban environment. In addition, she is working on the development of a multi-objective decision support system to aid urban planners in developing improved urban forest management plans.





Rama Sivakumar

A Case Study in Continuously Maintained Complete Urban Tree Inventory Program

Rama Sivakumar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rama Sivakumar is a senior research engineer at the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (CSPAV), Georgia Tech. He is a certified GIS professional with more than twenty years of experience in the geo-spatial industry. Among his projects, Mr. Sivakumar maintains a comprehensive, continuously maintained complete tree inventory of campus urban forestry. This presentation will highlight urban forestry practices at Georgia Tech. Mr. Sivakumar has presented at various conferences such as ESRI, AAG, URISA, GAGIS, and others.





Josh Behounek

Integrating i-Tree into Urban Forest Master Plans

Josh Behounek, Davey Resource Group

Josh Behounek's technical title is Urban Forestry Market Manager for the Davey Resource Group although he prefers Theoretical Arborist. He has worked for Davey for over 17 years and currently focuses on providing innovative and technical solutions for communities, nonprofits, commercial clients, and state agencies throughout the US to proactively and sustainably manage their trees and other natural resources.  Josh has spent many years as a commercial climbing arborist, plant health care technician, and inventory arborist throughout his career. He has a B.S. in Forestry from Southern Illinois University and an ISA Certified Arborist.





Laurie StottStacey Auld

i-Tree as a tool for Education and Collaboration

Laurie Stott, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Laurie Stott has over twenty years of experience in the natural resource industry and specifically, in field inventory projects. She has used remote imagery, the Global Positioning System and Geographic Information Systems to inventory and assess aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Laurie has taught in the Renewable Resource programs at BCIT for over 10 years and has developed and delivered several courses in digital field mapping, geographic information systems, computer applications and urban forest inventory.  Laurie holds a degree in International Relations with a focus on economics, international development and environmental policy, a diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation management and a Master's in Education and Technology. Laurie has initiated and led several i-Tree inventory and research projects using a wide range of technologies and data sources in several urban communities and co-developed a part-time studies course for Urban Forest Assessment using i-Tree tools. She continues to study the use of LiDAR with the i-Tree Eco application and is currently playing around with drones and photogrammetric imagery to see what may be possible with these technologies for urban tree and natural capital assessments.

Stacey Auld, British Columbia Institute of Technology

Stacey Auld is a Registered Professional Forester with a background in landscape architecture and arboriculture. She has worked as an instructor and assistant at in Renewable Resources at BCIT for 3 years focused on plant communities, forest management, and GIS systems. Her career is tree-focused and westward-moving, beginning with arboriculture and landscape design in Manitoba, through silviculture forestry in Alberta, and forest planning, urban forestry, and teaching in BC.





Mervin Perez

 

An Evaluation of the Urban Forest of the National District of Santo Domingo: Management Implications

Elvia Melendez-Ackerman, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras

I am an ecologist by training but an interdisciplinary researcher by experience.  I have a broad background in evolutionary-ecology, conservation, ecological responses to climate variability.  In more recent years my research has expanded to address sustainability and adaptive capacity issues within the context of urban social-ecological systems. How feedbacks between social and ecological factors influence human wellbeing is a current research interest.  I have been working with the San Juan ULTRA Network (Urban long-term research Areas) for over 10 years evaluating the social and ecological factors that influence the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the city of San Juan. My research group concentrated on the quantity and quality of green infrastructure, provision of ecosystem services and the social and ecological factors that drive variability in the functionality of green spaces in the city.  My students and I have been collaborating in projects incorporating the inventory of urban trees in San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Santo Domingo Dominican Republic to evaluate the spatial and temporal variation of tree abundance, diversity and associated services with variation in social and ecological factors in those cities.





Ian Hanou

Assessing the Long Term Impacts and Costs of Urban Tree Canopy Loss

Ian Hanou, Plan-It Geo, LLC

Ian Hanou has 18 years of private sector experience. He earned a BS in Forest Management & GIS from Colorado State University and founded Plan-It Geo in 2012. He specializes in urban forestry software, GIS, remote sensing, green infrastructure, and ecosystem services analysis. He has managed over 300 urban forestry assessment and technology projects. At Plan-It Geo, Ian directs business development, senior project management, administration, and serves as product owner for the Tree Plotter suite of software. In 2011, the Society of Municipal Arborists honored Ian with an award for innovation in tree planting prioritization using GIS. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two children where he has summited all 54 mountains over 14,000 feet.





Héctor M. Benavides-MezaStephanie Fabiola López-López

Interactive Map to promote the information of the environmental services provided by Chapultepec Forest derived from i-Tree Eco adapted to Mexico

Héctor M. Benavides-Meza, INIFAP

I received my M. Sc. in Botany from Colegio de Postgraduados and a Ph. D. in 2000 from Cornell University in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. I was a Forest Researcher in the National Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Cattle Research (INIFAP) since 1981 and have been working in urban forestry since 1987. After I studied biology and I began to work in forest research, and almost immediately I knew about urban forestry and I found this discipline very interesting to work and I have been working in this field for more than 30 years. I have been working in the last years at the most important urban parks in Mexico City: Tlalpan (2003-2004); Chapultepec (2007-2009, 2011 to 2015 and nowadays); San Juan de Aragón (2010-2011). My research group and I did the characterization and diagnosis of these areas as well as tree inventories, which were used to obtain basic information to develop the methodology for urban forest management programs.

Stephanie Fabiola López-López, INIFAP

Fabiola López is an Urban Forestry Consultant of International Programs, US Forest Service that worked in the adaptation of i-Tree Eco tool for Mexico. She provides training and technical assistance in designing and implementing urban tree inventories with i-Tree Eco to Mexican institutions. Since 2009 she has collaborated with INIFAP in several urban forestry research projects and her focus is to develop applied research to understanding how urban forest structure affect environmental benefits generation to improve urban forest management. Fabiola is a biologist of UNAM, México and has a M.S. in Forestry from the COLPOS, Texcoco, México.





Kamran Abdollahi

Assessing Urban Forest Effects and Values After Hurricane Impacts in Louisiana

Kamran Abdollahi, Southern University and A&M College

Kamran K. Abdollahi is a National Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and Professor & Program Leader for the Urban Forestry and Natural Resources at SU in Baton Rouge, LA. Dr. Abdollahi has been instrumental in the establishment of the first urban forestry B.S. degree granting program in the nation that is now under the SAF accreditation.  He led the program to achieve M.S. and Ph.D. Degree granting status and provided leadership for establishment of the first Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Department in the Nation. He has served as an advisor to the United States Secretary of Agriculture on the National Urban Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). He served for 10 years as an executive board member of the National Association of University Forestry and Natural Resources Programs (NAUFRP) , served as President of the Arboriculture Research and Education Academy of ISA, the Editorial Board members for the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.  He has received a Certificate of Achievement from the Oxford University in England for his contribution to the Climate Change Roundtable. Dr. Kamran has provided leadership in Urban Forestry for the Society of American foresters (SAF) by serving as Chair-elect and Chair for more than 6 years. He is serving as the SAF Louisiana State Chair. He has served as co-director for the Gulf Coast Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and co-edited several books on the subject. Dr. Kamran's research focus on urban forest tree species contribution to air, water and soil quality. He has directed more than 20 research projects including 10 national and 5 regional research projects. He has published and presented more than 100 scientific papers. Currently, Dr. Kamran is leading the Bioenergy and Biochar Research at SU and is involved in quantifying tree species contribution to urban areas. Dr. Kamran has an Agricultural Engineering degree (1983) from The Pennsylvania State University, M.S. in Soil Sciences, and Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry at S.F. Austin State University (1991). In addition he has been trained as an urban forester through the University of Florida Urban Forestry Institute, the ISA, Davey Tree Institute, and the Arbor Master, Inc. Dr. Abdollahi has received numerous awards at the local, state, national and international levels for excellence in teaching, research, and service.





Kenton Rogers

Using i-Tree for Sustainable Management of the Urban Forest A review of exemplar projects in the UK

Kenton Rogers, Treeconomics

Kenton Rogers is Co Founder of Treeconomics, a Social Enterprise based at the University of Exeter, with a mission to work with communities, businesses and research institutions to highlight the value of trees.

Treeconomics was set up in 2011 after leading on the UK pilot of iTree Eco in Torbay. Since then Kenton has collaborated on over 20 large scale i-Tree Eco projects in the UK and Europe as well as working on bespoke tools with the US iTree team, including ongoing work with Highways England to develop tools for cost benefits analysis for its 'natural capital'.

Kenton has worked with trees since leaving school and holds a diploma in Forest Management and a masters degree in Forest Ecosystem Management. He was a contributing author on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Springer Handbook on 'The Urban Forest'. Kenton also recently co authored a Homeowners Manual for Trees, recently published by Haynes.

Kenton was a serving Trustee of the International Tree Foundation (ITF) for 10 years, and is also a Chartered Forester and became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2009 for his work with tree conservation for the ITF in North Africa.





Sofia Olivero Lora

Post-hurricane vegetation and ecosystem services loss in urban residential yards of San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sofia Olivero Lora, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

Sofia Olivero Lora is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico in Río Piedras. Her research and work experience has been interdisciplinary in nature and focused on Central America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation evaluates residential yards of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as social-ecological systems. Her work includes studies of preferences and perception of residents towards urban residential vegetation, their related ecosystem services and disservices. Urban residential vegetation and their associated ecosystem services is also addressed in the context of extreme weather events and from the perspective of the advantages and limitations that assessment tools such as i-Tree Eco could play in long term urban planning.





Maria Arroyave

Air pollutant removal and carbon sequestration by urban trees in Medellin, Colombia

Maria Arroyave, Universidad EIA

Maria Arroyave graduated with a bachelor´s degree in Forest Engineering from the National University of Colombia. She has a Master of Science in Ecosystems. Maria works as an associate professor and a researcher at the Universidad EIA (Colombia), where she teaches courses on Biodiversity, Ecology, and Urban Forestry. Her main topics of research are urban forest ecosystem services, economic value of trees, and tree health. She is the academic director of Continuing Education courses on Urban Forestry, since 2008. Maria is the co-author of several publications related to biodiversity, urban ecology, ecosystem services, and urban forest management. She has been the co-organizer of several urban forestry academic events in Colombia. One of the most significant projects she has worked on is the assessment of urban forest ecosystem services in Medellin city and the Aburrá Valley, Colombia. During the project, the software i-Tree Eco was used to analyze the structure of the urban forest and quantify ecosystem services. Maria was the recipient of an award in 2018 given by the Colombian Association of Arboriculture, in recognition for her worthy work on urban forestry in Colombia.





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Flood Control in Montreal: The Role of Natural Infrastructure

Kyle T. Martins, Eco2urb

Kyle T. Martins (MSc) studies the interrelationships among biodiversity, ecosystem services and landscape design to inform science-based decision-making at multiple spatial scales. He has worked primarily as a researcher at McGill University and as an environmental consultant for municipal conservation planning in southern Quebec. As a project manager and data analyst for a university spinoff company, Eco2Urb, he applies cutting edge environmental science, forest science and ecological economics to provide innovative solutions for landscape management. The Eco2Urb team focuses on long term planning and scenario development while factoring in risks associated with global drivers of environmental change.