The TREE Fund announced the recipients of its 2015 Fall Cycle Grant Awards. Since 2002, the fund has disbursed nearly $3.0 million in support of arboriculture research and education.
Dr. Michael Arnold (Texas A&M University) – $10,000 John Z. Duling Grant for “Long-term impact of container size on tree establishment.” Dr. Arnold will quantify the time required to establish trees grown in a variety of container sizes, allowing urban foresters, landscapers and consumers make more informed choices about the rate and cost of tree establishment, and the trade-offs between immediate aesthetic impacts and longer term tree performance.
Dr. Whitney Cranshaw (Colorado State University) – $10,000 John Z. Duling Grant for “Improving management tools for drippy blight of red oaks.” Dr. Cranshaw and co-investigator Rachael Sitz will provide a thorough depiction of drippy blight and identify suitable measures to control it and mitigate its spread.
Dr. Mohammad Asrafur Rahman (Technical University of Munich, Germany) – $10,000 Jack Kimmel International Grant for “Quantifying the cooling effectiveness of urban street trees in relation to their growth.” Dr. Rahman aims to quantify the cooling capacity of urban trees using their growth rate.
Dr. Henrik Sjöman (Swedish University of Agricultural Science/Gothenburg Botanic Garden) – $10,000 Jack Kimmel International Grant for “The role of tree species in cooling the urban climate – application in tree planting and landscape architecture.” With co- investigator Dr. Nina Bassuk, he will explore how different tree species vary in their ability to mitigate urban temperatures and thermal stress.