Speaker: David J. Nowak, Ph.D. Senior Scientist / i-Tree Team Leader USDA Forest Service
Title: The Changing Urban Forest
Abstract: Urban forests can help mitigate the causes and impacts of environmental degradation, but are constantly changing due to various factors. To sustain healthy city environments, cities need to understand the environmental services provided by trees and forces that threaten future forest health. This presentation will discuss how trees affect their local environment and climate, how and why urban forests are changing, and what cities could do to help sustain healthy urban forests and consequently healthy city environments for future generations.
Bio: David J. Nowak is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader with the USDA Forest Service in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nowak received a B.S. and M.S. from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality across the world. He has authored over 325 publications and leads teams developing the i-Tree software suite that quantifies the benefits and values from vegetation.
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