Project CommuniTree is a new collaborative multi-organizational partnership in Northwest Indiana to plant trees in post-industrial communities in order to improve the local ecosystems and provide the benefits of trees to people. Starting with the work of Jess' ENV 261 Mixed Methods class in Spring 2017, LUFA is collaborating with Drew Hart to evaluate the CommuniTree tree planting efforts. More info here.
Examining why individuals volunteer as long-term urban forestry stewards around the Chicagoland area. More info here.
Can virtual street-level imagery such as Google Street View be used to inventory street trees? What about to asses storm damage? More info here.
Jess has been examining the interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities within the field of urban forestry and arboriculture. More info here.
The Anthropocene is the new geologic epoch in which humans are dramatically altering the planet. Urban forestry has the potential to mitigate some of the challenges of the Anthropocene. In several recent talks and upcoming manuscripts, Jess is collaborating with several colleagues to make the case for a stronger connection between urban forestry and sustainability scientists working to create a better world in the Anthropocene. More info here.