2014 Recipients of the Garden Club of America Urban Forestry Fellowship

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.

Todd Beals, undergraduate at UMass-Amherst.
Project Title: Urban Forest Survivability, Viability and Effects on Micro-Climate




David Jaeckel, a MS candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Project Title: Capturing Stormwater Runoff in an Urban Forest.




Christopher Nytch, a PhD candidate at the University of Puerto Rico. Project Title: Assessing the Role Urban Forests Play in Mitigating Riverine Flood Impacts in Heavily Urbanized San Juan.




Jameson Karns,, a PhD candidate at Berkeley in Environmental History. Project Title: Land Management Practices of Wildland-Urban Interface in Communities Set Up Post- WWII.




Michael Alonzo, a PhD candidate at UC Santa Barbara. Project Title: Mapping leaf area index using lidar to determine the urban forest’s potential for pollution removal, carbon storage and building energy use reduction.