Eric North

Eric North

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Title Urban and Community Forestry
Address 720 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0987
Phone 402-472-3838
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail eric.north@unl.edu
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I am an Assistant Professor of Practice initially hired to help create a new major for students interested in trees and community forestry. I believe that education, outreach, and community engagement is critical to greening our urban infrastructure and, through the use of science, we can improve natural resources in urban areas through using trees in a built environment. My research has included volunteer engagement in urban forestry and urban tree biometrics, which means the development of models to predict the size and form of trees growing in rural and urban areas. My research also has focused on the use of tree rings to determine how trees grow through time in an urban environment.

You may find me stopping frequently to take a closer look at tree and shrubs growing on campus. I always photograph tree flowers, buds, bark and otherwise interesting trees. Occasionally, I will lead a tree-themed trivia event. I encourage people to see trees everywhere and anywhere they go, whether traveling or watching TV.

Selected Publications

North E. (2017). Trees as Witnesses. Arborist News. 26 (3). 44-46 Online
North, E.A., D'Amato, A. W., Russell, M. B., Johnson, G. R.(2017). The influence of sidewalk replacement on urban street tree growth. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 24. 116-124. Online
Johnson, G., North E.(2016). Trees and sidewalks: A complicated relationship. Arborist News. 25 (4). 52-53 Online
Johnson, G., North, E. (2016). Total Infrastructure Planning: Mind the four R's for successful street landscapes. Arborist News. 25(3). 69. Online
North, E. A. 2016. Pruning: What, Why, When, and How. Online outreach article sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension. Online
North, E. A., Johnson, G. R., Burk T.E. (2014). Trunk flare diameter predictions as an infrastructure planning tool to reduce tree and sidewalk conflicts. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 14(1). 65-17. Online
Johnson, G. R., North, E. A. (2013). Strong winds - Weak trees - Lots of debris. Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee. Feature Article. Online

 

Selected Presentations

The influence of sidewalk replacement on urban street tree growth
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/2/2017
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A, A.W. D’Amato, M. Russell, and G.R. Johnson. (Accepted). The influence of sidewalk replacement on urban street tree growth. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August 2, 2017.
Trees as witnesses: Two case studies of forensic tree-ring analysis in legal disputes
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 7/31/2017
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A. (Accepted). Trees as witnesses: Two case studies of forensic tree-ring analysis in legal disputes. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., July 31, 2017.
Tree Not a Tree: An Introduction to tree ID
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/14/2017
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A. Tree Not a Tree: An Introduction to tree ID. Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, Arden Hills, MN, March 14-15, 2017. (INVITED)
Tree Rings and Urban Tree Resistance and Resilience to Construction and Drought
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 2/20/2017
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A, A.W. D’Amato, M. Russell, and G.R. Johnson. Tree Rings and Urban Tree Resistance and Resilience to Construction and Drought. Wisconsin Arborist Association and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Annual Conference, Green Bay, WI, February 20, 2017. (INVITED)
Urban dendrochronology: Tree rings as a diagnostic tool
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 2/20/2017
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A. Urban dendrochronology: Tree rings as a diagnostic tool. Wisconsin Arborist Association and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Annual Conference, Green Bay, WI, February 20, 2017. (INVITED)
From tree inventories to free beer: Broadening community involvement in urban forestry
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 11/17/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. From tree inventories to free beer: Broadening community involvement in urban forestry. 2016 Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Indianapolis, IN, November 17, 2016
Specialty pruning: Espalier and pollarding
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/24/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A. Specialty pruning: Espalier and pollarding. Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee Field Day, Saint Paul, MN, August 24, 2016. (Organizer, Presenter)
Urban Tree Rings: Tree resilience and longevity
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/17/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Urban Tree Rings: Tree resilience and longevity. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, August 17, 2016.
Tree selection with a changing climate
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 6/25/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Tree selection with a changing climate. Master Gardener State Conference, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN, June 25, 2016. (INVITED)
Complex answers to simple questions: How trees work
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 5/24/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Complex answers to simple questions: How trees work. University of Minnesota Rochester Connects, UMR Connects Professional Speaker Series, Rochester, MN, May 24, 2016. (INVITED)
From soil to air: How trees move and manage water
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 4/22/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. From soil to air: How trees move and manage water. University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Earth Day Event, April 22, 2016. (INVITED)
Applied tree biology
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 1/13/2016
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Applied tree biology. Northern Green Expo, Minneapolis, MN, January 13, 2016. (INVITED)
Trees from around the world
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/15/2015
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Trees from around the world. Minnesota Green Corps Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Glencoe, MN, August 15, 2015. (INVITED)
Midland Hills Pruning Workshop
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 4/2/2015
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E.A. Midland Hills Pruning Workshop. Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, Saint Paul, MN, April 2, 2015. (Presenter, Trainer)
Your toaster has a manual, so why not your tree?
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/21/2015
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Your toaster has a manual, so why not your tree? Isanti County Master Gardner Burst into Spring Summer Workshop, Cambridge, MN, March 21, 2015. (INVITED)
Advanced tree biology
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/17/2015
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Advanced tree biology. Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, Arden Hills, MN, March 17-18, 2015. (INVITED)
Tree physiology for tree care professionals
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/3/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Tree physiology for tree care professionals. Minnesota Society of Arboriculture Annual Fall Conference, Chanhassen, MN, October 3, 2014. (INVITED)
When immovable trees meet irresistible infrastructure
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 8/4/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A., G. R. Johnson, and T. E. Burk. When immovable trees meet irresistible infrastructure. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI, August 4, 2014.
Street tree design: A focus on diversity
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 3/18/2014
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: Roos, S. and E. A. North. Street tree design: A focus on diversity. Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, Arden Hills, MN, March 18-19, 2014. (INVITED)
Where trees come from
  • Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
  • Date: 10/24/2013
  • Abstract:
  • Full Citation: North, E. A. Where trees come from. University of Minnesota School of Music Rhapsody in Green, Saint Paul, MN, October 24, 2013. (INVITED)

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Forest Resources: Urban Forestry (2012)
  • MS - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Natural Resource Science and Management: Urban Forestry (2013)
  • PhD - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Natural Resource Science and Management: Urban Forestry (2017)
  • Other - Dunwoody College of Technology, A.A.S. - Computer Networking Systems (2001)

Awards

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

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Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Science and natural resources education
  • Arboriculture
  • Urban Forestry Management
  • Growth, morphology, and phenology of urban trees
  • Tree-ring analysis of urban / managed trees
  • Volunteer engagement and citizen science

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Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Studies
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences