As an Assistant Professor of Practice, Dr. Eric North’s primary responsibility is preparing students for successful careers in urban forestry, arboriculture, and natural resource management in the built environment. In his classes, students learn the complexity of tree biology, how to complete site assessments, manage pests and think strategically about urban forestry and green space management — for aesthetics, community benefits, and for long-term health of urban tree populations. He teaches those lessons in engaging courses in green space & urban forestry management, arboriculture, tree biology, and dendrology.
North also serves in numerous capacities for professional organizations and on community boards, including the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Arboriculture Education and Research Academy, and the Lincoln Community Forestry Advisory Board, among others. In 2018, he served as a Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, a position awarded by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. In that year, he was also nominated for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Outstanding Teaching Award. Prior awards include the Minnesota Community Forestry Leadership Award, earned in 2017, and the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee Innovation Award, earned in 2014. Eric is also an ISA Certified Arborist.
Areas of interest and research
North has an interest and passion for communicating science to improve natural resources in urban areas and for working with people and trees to enhance the built landscape. Through research in urban tree biometrics, tree rings, storm and construction damage, and volunteer engagement, he hopes to advance scientific understanding, education, and community engagement as they are critical components to greening urban landscapes. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and Extension publications, including Urban Forestry & Urban Greening; Journal of Forestry; and Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.