Established in 2005 with the participation of all clubs in the zone, this fellowship is for advanced undergraduate or graduate students to study urban forestry and related subjects, including the planning, management and horticulture in urban forests and the effects of healthy urban forests on the environment.
Kyle Cooper is a 5th year landscape architecture student at Virginia Tech, is continuing his research on the linkings of landscape architecture and urban forestry, developing a handbook for fellow landscape architects detailing design elements and techniques that can be used to synthesize urban forestry benefits into landscape architecture designs.
This booklet is being pursued in the hopes that it may better bridge the comprehensive gap between the professions, and foster better understanding between designers and urban foresters.
His Zone VI Urban Forestry Fellowship will help provide funding for materials and further research as he studies the landscape architecture/urban forestry connection, and help pay for attendance at the International Society of Arboriculture Conference and Trade Show. St. George’s Garden Club Fellow, Funded by St. George’s Garden Club, Baltimore, MD, GCA Zone VI.
Kunwar K. Singh is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is working on his dissertation titled, ‘frontiers in using LiDAR to analyze urban spatial heterogeneity and human-modified landscapes’. His GCA fellowship has enabled him to address the lack of a rapid and reliable approach for assessing the extent and health of existing urban forest at a regional scale by developing an index of functional integrity using LiDAR data. This research facilitates a framework and a methodology that provides a top-down solution for the rapid assessment of the extent and health of urban canopy cover in order to aid the development and implementation of management plans for regional ecosystem health. His fellowship is funded by the Casey Trees Endowment Fund.
Yujuan Chen is a PhD candidate in urban forestry at the Virginia Tech is studying the influence of urban soil rehabilitation on soil carbon dynamics and tree growth. She received her B.S from Beijing Forestry University in Horticulture and M.S from Chinese Academy of Forestry in Urban Forestry in Beijing, China. Urban land development practices including clearing, grading, compacting and building result in degraded urban soil. Is it possible to rehabilitate degraded urban soils to improve tree growth? And, how will this rehabilitation practice influence the potential of urban soils to sequester carbon and provide other ecosystem services? These are two questions she is trying to answer in her research. Our GCA Zone VI Fellowship in Urban Forestry will allow her to continue her data collection and present her research findings at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) annual meeting in Portland, Oregon this summer.
Jessica (Jess) Vogt is a PhD student studying urban ecology and urban forestry at Indiana University, Bloomington's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). She received Master's of Environmental Science/Master's of Public Affairs degrees from SPEA in 2012. For her dissertation research, Jess is working with the Indiana nonprofit, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to study the growth and survival of planted urban trees in the context of neighborhoods using the social-ecological systems framework to inform her study.