Our Changing Climate Panel - Tree Edition
Thursday, August 16 | 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Learn from one of the green industry's top climate scientists, Dan Herms, a regional tree expert, Shawn Kingzette from Davey Tree in Chicago, and Philip Douglam, Curator of Woody Plants from Chicago Botanic Garden. In this panel discussion, members will be armed with the data they need to craft topical, science-based communications on gardening as the landscape shifts. Specifically, we’ll zero in on how temperature, droughts and our atmospheric CO2 concentration are affecting our planet’s trees. Despite this alteration, trees also have the potential to sequester carbon and could help mitigate climate change.
A native Kentuckian, Phil began his career in horticulture working for the historic Spring Grove Cemetary and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then as the Director of Horticulture for Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. He received a Bachelor of Science in horticulture from the University of Cincinnati, and a Masters of public administration from Eastern Kentucky University. Douglas is a member of the International Oak Society, International Plant Propagators Society, American Public Garden Association, and International Dendrology Society.
Herms has more than 30 years of experience and leadership in arboreta and academia. In 1984, he started his career as the director of pest management at Dow Gardens in Midland, Mich. In his time at Dow Gardens, he designed its research program, laboratory facilities and managed all integrated pest management programs. Most recently, Herms served as a professor and chair in the department of entomology at The Ohio State University.
In 2014, Herms was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor received by few scientists nationwide. He was chosen for “his distinguished research, teaching and outreach contributions to the science and application of tree-insect interactions, including ecology, impact and management.”
Some projects he plans to tackle in his new role as vice president at Davey Tree include mainstreaming the biological calendar and phenological indicators into applied pest management tools; the incorporation by the tree care industry of work on tree resource allocation patterns and their management implications; practical treatment options for significant pests such as the emerald ash borer; and adaptation of the green industry to climate change, from worker safety during heat events in the southern U.S. to changing pest and plant zones.
In addition to the AAAS election, Herms also received major recognition for his work, including the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology from the Entomological Society of America and the Richard W. Harris Author’s Citation Award from the International Society of Arboriculture.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in horticulture and entomology from Ohio State and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in entomology with a specialization in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Shawn Kingzette is the district manager at The Davey Tree Expert Company’s Northwest Chicago, Illinois office. Kingzette has worked at the company in the Chicago area for more than 20 years and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist®. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree in natural resources from the Unviersity of Illinois.