Forestry and Natural Resources
Urban Forestry Specialist
Forestry Room 110
195 Marstellar Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Tell us about your background?
Growing up in a family business that included trees and plants really left me little choice; I was born to be a "Treevangelist", teaching others about the importance of trees in our lives and how to best manage one of the most important natural resources on the planet. Prior to coming to Purdue, I worked many years in the tree care industry as well as being City Forester in Indianapolis.
How did you get involved with FNR Extension and outreach?
Extension is a part of the role I play at Purdue besides teaching in the department of Forestry and Natural Resources. The Indiana Arborist Association is a major partner with the Extension program and enables me to interact with industry professionals in arboriculture and urban forestry. Involvement in extension allows me to increase awareness of current research and best management practices.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for trees with all ages of people, from the grade school student just learning about the benefits trees provide, to the homeowner who is concerned about the trees in their landscape. Also, I enjoy providing educational opportunities for Urban Forestry professionals all over the country.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your job?
Over 80% of the US population lives in the urban forest and for many, the trees in their communities are the only forest they will ever see or experience. This makes the urban forests incredibly important for our quality of life and our health. Preserving the trees in our cities and towns is a serious challenge and teaching people the importance of proper tree care is critical to saving our urban forests.
What part of your job did you least expect to be doing?
The ability to interact with urban forestry professionals and arborists from all around the world. My becoming involved with the International Society of Arboriculture has allowed me the opportunity to learn from people in different countries and teach them more about our culture.
Do you have an outside hobby?
Most of my hobbies involve the outdoors which includes hiking 14'ers in Colorado, mountain biking or kayaking the rivers and streams around the country. Also, I enjoy playing bass and rhythm guitar in various bands and in my church.