The Urban Forest Initiative is glad to partner with Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, the Lexington Tree Board, UK Department of Forestry, and the UK Student Sustainability Council to continue bringing prominent urban forestry researchers from around the country to share their work with the University of Kentucky and Lexington community beginning in the fall of 2016 and into spring 2017. Read about the speakers and dates below.

 

Upcoming speakers:

Dr. Nina Bassuk

Title

Tree Diversity and Best Practices in Urban Forestry

Speaker

Nina Bassuk, Ph.D

Professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute, Cornell University

Date/Time

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

6pm begin displays and social

7 - 8pm seminar with questions to follow

Location

Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Red Mile Pl., Lexington, KY 40504 )

About

Dr. Nina Bassuk is currently a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University. She also sits on the board of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. Nina is co- author of 'Trees in the Urban Landscape,' a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. A native New Yorker, Nina's has authored over 100 papers focusing on the physiological problems of plants growing in urban environments, including improved plant selections for difficult sites, soil modification including the development of 'CU-Structural Soil' and improved transplanting technology. She is on the Technical advisory committee of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and works closely with municipalities to help implement best practices in urban forestry management. Nina helped to develop the Student Weekend Arborist Team (SWAT) to inventory public trees in small communities.

 

Past speakers:

Dr. Charles Nilon

Speaker

Charles Nilon, Ph.D

Professor Fisheries and Wildlife, University of Missouri

 

**Dr. Charles Nilon will be giving two unique seminars**


Title

Environmental Justice, People, and Urban Ecology

Date/Time

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

12 - 1pm

Location

W.T. Young Auditorium, University of Kentucky Campus


Title

Urban Birds and Urban Habitats

Date/Time

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

6pm begin displays and social

7 - 8pm seminar with questions to follow

Location

Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Red Mile Pl., Lexington, KY 40504 )

About

Dr. Charles Nilon's research considers the impact of urbanization on wildlife habitats, populations and communities. Since 1997, Nilon has been a co-principal investigator on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), one of two urban ecosystems included in the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research program. His work with the BES focuses on understanding how ecological and socioeconomic factors influence bird species composition and abundance. Because urban areas are homes for people as well as wildlife, Nilon's research also considers the role of nature as part of an individual's day-to-day environment, and environmental justice issues associated with access to nature.

 


 

Dr. Tom Kimmerer

Title

Lexington’s Urban Forest: Remnants of an Ancient Landscape

Speaker

Tom Kimmerer, Ph.D

Author and Chief Scientist, Venerable Trees

Date/Time

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

6pm begin displays and social

7 - 8pm seminar with questions to follow

Location

Fayette County Extension Office (1140 Red Mile Pl., Lexington, KY 40504 )

About

Tom Kimmerer, PhD, is a scientist, author and photographer.  He is Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees, Inc., a conservation nonprofit based in Lexington Kentucky.  As Chief Scientist, he works with landowners and with other scientists and natural resource management professionals to ensure a future for the woodland pastures of Kentucky and Tennessee. He is the author of Venerable Trees - History, Biology and Conservation, and is working on a second book on the lives of trees in the Anthropocene.