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Stefano Boeri
Archt. Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri, architect and urban planner, is Full Professor at Politecnico di Milano. In Shanghai he is Director of the Future City Lab at Tongji University: a post-doctoral research program which explores the future of contemporary metropolis under the perspectives of biodiversity and urban forestry...

Paloma Cariñanos
Prof. Paloma Cariñanos

Paloma Cariñanos is a Professor of Botany at University of Granada, Spain. She has been involved with teaching Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry for many years, and participated in various European initiatives related to Urban Green Infrastructure. Her research is focused on the evaluation...

Wendy Y. Chen
Dr. Wendy Y. Chen

Dr. Wendy Y. Chen is an associate professor of Department of Geography, serving as the director of International Centre for China Development Studies, at The University of Hong Kong. She currently is the Editor-in-Chief for Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, a top international journal in the field...

Prof. Cynnamon Dobbs
Prof. Cynnamon Dobbs

Cynnamon is an Associate Professor in the Center for Modelling and Monitoring Ecosystem at Universidad Mayor, Chile. She is involve in teaching in relation to green infrastructure, urban forestry and nature based solution and is involved in research initiatives related to those. Her expertise lays...

Dr. Gareth Doherty
Dr. Gareth Doherty

Dr. Gareth Doherty ASLA, an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, is the Director of the GSD’s Master in Landscape Architecture program and the Critical Landscapes Design Lab. Doherty’s research and teaching explore human-centered issues...

Dr. Francisco Escobedo
Dr. Francisco Escobedo

Dr. Francisco Escobedo is a Research Scientist with the USDA Forest Service-Pacific Southwest Research Station and the Los Angeles Center for Urban and Natural Resources Sustainability. His research focuses on the environmental sustainability and resilience of communities and ecosystems in urban per...

Dr. Cassandra Johnson Gaither
Dr. Cassandra Johnson Gaither

Cassandra Johnson Gaither is a Research Social Scientist with the Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, in Athens, GA. Her research interests address human perceptions and interactions with nature and the environment...

Archt. Johanna Gibbons
Archt. Johanna Gibbons

Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect. She is a Royal Designer of Industry, Fellow of the Landscape Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Commissioner with the Jersey Architectural Commission. Jo trained in Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and is Founding Partner...

Archt. Karin Helms
Archt. Karin Helms

Karin Helms is a Landscape architect, she has been appointed Professor in 2020 at the Oslo school of Architecture and Design AHO. Before she was associate Professor at ENSP Versailles, Head of the Design department (1999 to 2014) and later Deputy Dean of the International affairs (2017-2020). She se...

Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk
Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk

Cecil Konijnendijk has over 25 years of experience studying, teaching, and advising on aspects of urban forestry and nature-based solutions. He is widely considered as one of the world’s leading urban forestry experts and his work has been featured by leading media outlets such as CNBC...

Prof. Stephen Livesley
Prof. Stephen Livesley

Stephen Livesley has researched forest systems for more than 25 years, from tropical agroforestry systems, Australian savannas, eucalypt plantations and more recently trees and green spaces in our towns and cities. Since 2010, Stephen has focussed his research on quantifying and modelling the ecosystem services and biodiversity benefits...

Dr. Josephine Malonza
Dr. Josephine Malonza

Dr. Josephine Malonza is an enthusiastic and curious architect and urban designer keen on the dialectical relations between Architecture, urban design and Society. Her research focuses on public space and urban sustainability...


Dr. Robert McDonald
Dr. Robert McDonald

Dr. Robert McDonald is Lead Scientist for Nature-Based Solutions at The Nature Conservancy. He researches the impact and dependencies of communities on the natural world, studying how nature can increase resilience in the face of climate change and improve human health and well-being...

Dr. Maria Chiara Pastore
Dr. Maria Chiara Pastore

Maria Chiara Pastore is Tenured track researcher at the Politecnico di Milano. She obtained a PhD in Spatial Planning and urban Development at Politecnico di Milano, and her research interests are mainly focused on Urban Forestry, water and sanitation in relation to city’s development, adaptive planning...

Dr. Anand Persad
Dr. Anand Persad

Dr. Anand Persad is the director of the Research, Science, and Innovation (RSI) team at ACRT Services. He chairs the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Science and Research Committee (SRC). Additionally, he serves as Research Committee Chairperson for the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) ...

Dr. Tan Puay Yok
Dr. Tan Puay Yok

Dr. Tan Puay Yok is a Dean’s Chair Associate Professor and cluster leader of the Landscape Studies group at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. His research, teaching, and professional activities focus on the science, policies, and practices of urban greening and ecology ...

Phillip Rodbell
Phillip Rodbell

Phillip Rodbell is national lead for urban forest sustainability research at the USDA Forest Service where he supports a network of 50+ scientists studying the social, economic, and ecological impacts of trees and forests where people live, work, and recreate. Previously, he served as urban forest...

Prof. Dr. Fabio Salbitano
Prof. Dr. Fabio Salbitano

PhD in Forest Ecology, Fabio Salbitano is professor at the University of Florence, teaching urban and landscape ecology, silviculture, and forest and landscape restoration. He is scientific coordinator of the MSc in Landscape Design and board member of the PhD in Sustainability and ...

Jessica Sanders PhD, PMP
Jessica Sanders PhD, PMP

Jessica serves as the Executive Director of the Sacramento Tree Foundation. She has a doctorate from Rutgers University and is a certified Project Management Professional. Jessica has a passion for the urban forest, and her research has focused on developing and enhancing current urban forestry practices...

Prof. Giuseppe E. Scarascia-Mugnozza
Prof. Giuseppe E. Scarascia-Mugnozza

Giuseppe E. Scarascia-Mugnozza, born in Rome, September 5, 1954, graduated in Agricultural Sciences and then in Forest Science at the University of Bari (Italy), holds a PhD in Forest Ecology and Management from the University of Washington, Seattle (USA)...

Prof. Dr. Alan Simson
Prof. Dr. Alan Simson

Alan Simson is a landscape architect, an urban forester and an urban designer, and is known as an urban spaceman by his colleagues. He is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry at Leeds Beckett University in the UK, where he is still involved in teaching...

Dr. Jessica Thorn
Dr. Jessica Thorn

Jessica Thorn has 15 years’ experience as advising, studying, and teaching natural climate adaptation, mitigation and conservation, the sustainability of mega infrastructure and green infrastructure in peri urban, smallholder and mountain systems. Hailing from Namibia, her work is focuses on Africa...

Prof. Cheng Wang
Prof. Cheng Wang

Prof. Cheng Wang is a Professor, Chief Scientist, and Executive Deputy Director of Urban Forest Research Center of State Forestry Administration, P.R. China. He is mainly engaged in urban forest planning, urban forest biodiversity and urban forest ecosystem services. He has hosted a number of national...

Dr. Kathleen Wolf
Dr. Kathleen Wolf

Dr. Kathleen Wolf is a Research Social Scientist (retired, affiliate) at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington (USA). Following early career positions as a biologist, environmental planner and landscape architect she completed her Ph.D. at the University...

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