Eric North

Eric North

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Interests
  • Grants
  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

TitleUrban and Community Forester
Faculty RankAssistant Professor of Practice
Address Off Campus
  • office: 402-472-3838
  • fax: 402-472-2946


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My Story

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.

Selected Publications

Hilbert, D. R., North, E.A., Hauer, R.J., Koeser, A.K. , McLean, D.C., Northrop, R.J., Andreu, M., Parbs, S. (2020). Predicting trunk flare diameter to prevent tree damage to infrastructure. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. 49. Online
Johnson, G., Giblin, C., Murphy, R., North, E., and Rendahl, A. (2019). Boulevard Tree Failures During Wind Loading Events. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 2019. 45(6):259-269
Bancks, N., North E.A., Johnson, G.R. (2018). An analysis of agreement between volunteer- and researcher-collected urban tree inventory data. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. 44(2). 73-85Online
North, E.A., D'Amato, A.W., and Russell, M.B. (2018) Performance Metrics for Street and Park Trees in Urban Forests. Journal of Forestry. Online
North E. (2017). Trees as Witnesses. Arborist News. 26 (3). 44-46Online
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). 52-53Online
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



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyNatural Resource Science and Management: Urban ForestryUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities2017
Master of ScienceNatural Resource Science and Management: Urban ForestryUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities2013
Bachelor of ScienceForest Resources: Urban ForestryUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities2012





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence, Junior FacultyUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln 2020
CASNR Outstanding Teaching - NomineeCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources2020
Educator AwardNebraska Statewide Arboretum2020
CASNR Outstanding Teaching - NomineeCollege of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources2018
Diversity and Inclusion FellowOffice of the Executive Vice Chancellor2018
The Catfish of Caring SNR Faculty Teaching AwardSchool of Natural Resources Teaching Faculty2018
Leadership AwardMinnesota Community Forestry2017
Innovation AwardMinnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee2014


Professional Organizations

Arboriculture Education and Research AcademyVice President (Current)
International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)Science and Research Committee Member, (2017-present)
Midwestern Chapter of ISA
Nebraska Arborist Association




SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Science and natural resources education


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleDeveloping a Statewide Community Tree Canopy Map in Nebraska
Starting Date06/29/2020


Ending Date06/30/2021
Funding Level$51,507.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Evironmental Trust


Grant TitleBat Resilience in Ag Landscapes (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/02/2019


Ending Date09/30/2020
Funding Level$21,800.00
Funding AgencyNational Park Service


Grant TitleSouth Dakota Arborist Association January 2018 Conference
Starting Date01/17/2018
Ending Date01/18/2018
Funding Level$500.00
Funding AgencyIANR - Travel Grant


Grant TitleForestry Major - Regional and Community Forestry
Starting Date06/01/2017


Ending Date07/11/2020
Funding Level$100,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Forest Service


Grant TitleForestry Major - Regional and Community Forestry
Starting Date07/20/2015


Ending Date07/11/2020
Funding Level$313,000.00
Funding AgencyUS Forest Service


Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 201Dendrology: Study and Identifiation of Trees and ShrubsXXHORT 201
NRES 302Tree BiologyXXHORT 302
NRES 321ArboricultureXXHORT 321
NRES 457/857Green Space and Urban Forestry ManagementXX