Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements announced the expansion of its research department with the hiring of Sam Drahn and Emily Bick. Research has always been a cornerstone of Rainbow’s mission and these new additions will help grow that focus.
Drahn joins Rainbow as a research and development scientist. Drahn has an extensive scientific background with expertise in plant hormones, particularly with their role in plant growth and development. Comfortable with large-scale field research, Drahn was director of the R&D division for one of the nation’s leading tree and shrub producers, Bailey Nursery. He brings a passion for integrating scientific knowledge with practical business and entrepreneurship.
“Sam’s ability to see the connections between what is happening in applied field research trials and how these results translate to use in the real world is one of his greatest assets,” said Shawn Bernick, director of research at Rainbow. “His relationships within the industry, from scientists to manufacturers, as well as his experience presenting and publishing make him a tremendous addition to arboriculture research.”
Drahn earned his degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He has served as chairperson for the Greenhouse and Herbaceous Growers Committee for the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and holds membership in the Minnesota State Horticultural Society and the International Plant Propagators Society.
Fresh off a degree in entomology from Cornell University, Bick joins Rainbow as a R&D project manager. Also no stranger to biological research, Bick was named as a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, using her time to develop novel bioassay techniques with a manufacturer in California. Her wide scientific interests not only include insect management, but chemistry and human health as well. She is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, as well as a certified Volunteer First Aid provider.
A native of New Jersey, Bick’s career move also involved a move to Minnesota. “I’m excited about exploring the intersection of insect management and tree care,” said Bick. Emily will help manage the scores of active field trials Rainbow is involved in each year. She will get to put her strong field research skills to use with everything from trial design to data collection and analysis to publication.
The growth of Rainbow’s research department continues a tradition of creating a better scientific understanding of trees and the tools arborists employ for their care.