Arbor Day 2022 Events

Arbor Day 2022 EventsArbor Day, 2022

Thursday May 5, 7:15 pm, Heiser Auditorium and KOTV

Valerie Trouet, Ph.D. Tree Story: What We Can Learn About Human, Climate and Forest History from Trees

Dr. Trouet is Professor and Director of Tree Ring Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, author of Tree Story

Co-sponsored by Department of Biology, Oberlin College and Conservatory

Friday, April 29, 7:15 pm, Heiser Auditorium and KOTV

David Benzing, Ph.D. How Trees Contribute to Earth’s Life Support System and Human Welfare

Dr. Benzing is an Emeritus Professor of Biology, Oberlin College and Conservatory, and Jessie B. Cox Chair in Tropical Botany at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Florida.

Friday, April 29, 2:00 pm, assemble at Woods at Lot 4, Rain date, May 5, same time and place.

Rachel Duncan, Biodiversity of Trees in Nature and our Landscape, a Tree Walk

Ms Duncan is the Horticulturist at The John Bartram Arboretum, Kendal at Oberlin,

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 KOTV and Auditorium

Alan Lockwood,"America's Threatened Forests and Restoring The American Chestnut"

Abstract:Almost one sixth of the tree species found in American forests are under severe threats due to climate change, invasive species and infections. Examples include Dutch Elm Disease, Emeral Ash Borer and notably the American chestnut which is described as being functionally extinct. The American chestnut population has been decimated by a fungus that produces oxalic acid. This toxin eventually kills the tree. Scientists have developed a blight-tolerant tree known as the Darling 58 chestnut. These trees have the complete American chestnut genome plus an additional gene that encodes for an enzyme that neutralizes the acid. This allows them to survive the infection. The Darling 58 serves as a model that illustrates how science can preserve and enhance plants, including agricultural commodities, that are threatened by climate change and disease.

Click here to view a 55 minute video of this presentation.