The discussion will center around the development of service-life curves and the impacts of common landscape design choices on our expectations for survivorship, short-term growth, and maximum size. We will cover how to quickly develop regionally based species-specific curves for low cost. We’ll then discuss developing the transition from DBH to age estimation/service life prediction within the context of three or four design types for each of the major species in a given management zone.
Dr. Jason Grabosky is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. He is the current director of the General Honors Program for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Additionally, he is the John and Eleanor Kuser Faculty Endowment Scholar for Urban Forestry and the faculty leader for the Center for Resilience Landscapes, a joint venture between Rutgers, the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, and the U.S. Forest Service. Jason teaches classes in tree biology and ecology and management, among others. His research is mostly centered around trees, soils, and the developed environment, with some limited work in biomechanics and general tree ecophysiology.
Dr. Grabosky is the current editor-in-chief for Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.