May 2019 Webcast: "Branching Out: New Insights on the Linkages between Trees and Water in Urban Ecosystems"

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May 2019 Webcast: "Branching Out: New Insights on the Linkages between Trees and Water in Urban Ecosystems"

"In recent years, our understanding of the threats posed by rapid urbanization on environmental function and quality has prompted efforts to conserve and reintroduce green space within cities, with emphasis placed on increasing urban forest canopy cover. Many related initiatives have focused on expanding the urban street tree population, with little work done to deepen our knowledge of the environmental processes occurring within remnant urban woodlots. This study will explore the role these “micro-ecosystems” play in ecosystem function and service provision, specifically the capture and redistribution of water, nutrients, and pollutants within cities. Implications for urban conservation will be discussed"

Our guest this month is Asia Dowtin, Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry at Michigan State University's College of Forestry. You can read her bio below:

"Asia Dowtin's research uses in situ sampling and laboratory-based techniques to quantify hydrologic and nutrient cycling in the urban forest. Her work explores the relationships that exist between urban canopy structure, spatial context, and plant-water interactions to broaden our understanding of the influence of species composition and surrounding land use on urban forest function. A major goal of Dowtin's work is to utilize this knowledge to inform the development of urban forest management plans, specifically those intended to optimize yield of select regulating and supporting ecosystem services by municipal trees. Her broader research interests include regional water resource management and hazard mitigation."

Webcast Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm