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Center for Tree Science Events

The Center for Tree Science routinely hosts a variety of focused meetings, training and scientific workshops, and occasional special presentations.  Please check here for upcoming events!

The Center for Tree Science also regularly hosts weekly one-hour “Tree Talks” on Mondays at 11:30, primarily between September until May.  While we take a short vacation from these talks during the busy summer months of research and training, occasionally a speaker just can’t wait.  We’ll announce those special talks here.  “Tree Talks” are typically held in the newly renovated Cudahy Auditorium behind the front desk in the Administration Building but please verify the location below as space availability changes.  The annual symposium for the Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in mid-August is the highlight of the summer program.

This fall we will primarily feature Morton Arboretum scientists giving us updates on their research and conservation programs.  But look out for some invited guests!



7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Virtual-only, via Zoom. 8:30-11:30 am, August 13 and 14, 2020 (register)All are welcome to attend this symposium featuring students from the Center for Tree Science's NSF-REU Program, returning students, and keynote speakers, Dr. Justin Richardson and Dr. Tanisha M. Williams (detailed schedule).


Tree Talks.  This summer, presentations feature research updates from staff.  We are welcoming a few external collaborators; their instituions are noted below.

Mondays, 11:30 am via Zoom. We welcome all interested in attending. For staff, find Zoom links here or watch past talks on Arborversity.  For visitors and external colleagues, please contact spanock@mortonarb.org for Zoom links and more details.

6/15/2020 - Colby Borchetta - Drones: Tree science from a bird's-eye view and Samantha Panock - Tree Observatory: Engineering solutions for whole tree biology

6/22/2020 - Meghan Midgley - Vacant lot restoration alters urban soil ecosystem services and Robert Buchkowski - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Ontario - Soil organisms, nutrients, and trees 

6/29/2020 - Allyson Salisbury - Don't put your trees on the highway to h***: Best practices for roadside tree plantings

7/6/2020 - Tricia Bethke - Illinois Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Plan for spotted lanternfly and the pilot monitoring program

7/13/2020 - Emily Schumacher - Sagebrush SOS: Genetic analysis of Bureau of Land Management sagebrush restoration seeds and Lindsey Worcester will discuss her Herbarium and Collections work

7/20/2020 -  Luke McCormack, Newton Tran - Ecological Society of America practice talks and Lucien Fitzpatrick - Phenology forecasting

7/27/2020 - Alissa Brown - Ecological Society of America practice talk and Lydia Scott - CRTI

8/3/2020 - Amy Byrne - Global Conservation Consortium for Oak (GCCO) and Siliva Alvarez-Clare - Mexican oak in situ conservation project update

8/10/2020 - Andrea Brennan - Purdue University - Butternut tree conservation

8/17/2020 - Christina Carrero and Emily Beckman - Conservation resources and guidelines