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BS, Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Marvin Lo currently spends his time as a research assistant in the Research Arboriculture and Root Biology labs. As a research assistant in the root biology lab his focus involves the investigation into altering root systems of young trees with the overarching goal of increasing transplantability and survival in urban landscapes. He also assists with exploring the effects of transplanting on physiological responses and survival rate of large bareroot deciduous trees. In the Research Arboriculture lab he studies tree biomechanics and current arboricultural practices using methods such as 3d modeling or data acquisition using various engineering principles. Outside of the lab Marvin has interests in conservation and restoration of endangered native plants.
Marvin has been involved with many projects throughout his career at the Arboretum. Most notable is the collaboration between the Morton Arboretum, NASA, and other scientists for a biomechanics study using digital photogrammetry to measure trees. Marvin has recently become accredited as an ISA certified arborist.