Arbor 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

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

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

Assemble at Woods at Lot 4, Rain date, May 5, same time and place.

Rachel Duncan the Horticulturist at The John Bartram Arboretum, Kendal at Oberlin,

December, 2022

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 

Kendal Auditorium and KOTV

Lecture presentation: Alan Lockwood

Title: America's Threatened Forests and Restoring The American Chestnut

Click to view the 55 minute video presentation described below.

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.

 March 1, 2023 Tree coring workshop

 Roger Laushman, Professor of Biology, Oberlin College and Conservatory led a tree coring workshop in the quest for Kendal's oldest tree.