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Bryan Denig - Bryan’s research involves the selection, evaluation, and propagation of a number of unique oak hybrids created by the UHI in 2004-2006. These diverse hybrids have the promise of increased vigor and better adaptation to urban stresses such as alkaline soil, flooding, drought, and pests. Since 2012, Bryan has been working on this project with the objective of developing superior oaks for urban landscapes. The ultimate goal of this long-term project is to introduce these selections into the nursery trade as named cultivars. To overcome the challenges with propagating oaks asexually, he is currently working with tissue culture techniques in order to rapidly multiply large numbers of clonally propagated oaks.
Pat MacRae - A Cornell University BS and MPS graduate, Pat is the Urban Horticulture Technician who manages research in the greenhouse and in the field, collects and analyzes data, assists with the research of graduate students, and supports the Institute's work in many other ways. His own research focuses on the empirical validation of soil volume requirement calculations for street trees and a David Austin rose evaluation for cold hardiness, disease incidence and flowering in USDA Zone 5.
Miles S. Sax - Miles is a PhD student in horticulture conducting research on tissue culture of the genus Quercus (Oak). The goals of the project are to develop asexual propagation techniques to be used for urban tree selection, improvement and conservation. In 2014 Miles received an MPS in Public Garden Leadership from Cornell University with his research focusing on urban soil remediation using the Scoop & Dump technique. He has a background in Public Horticulture having worked at multiple botanical gardens including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Morton Arboretum, Cornell Plantations and Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden (South Africa). In 2014 Miles was the recipient of the Frederick Dreer Award, which enabled him to travel to South Africa and gain experience in applied plant conservation and field botany in the context of public gardens. Visit Miles' Dreer South Africa blog) for more information.
Yoshiki Harada - Yoshi is a graduate student working with Tom Whitlow and Nina Bassuk. He is interested in the biogeochemistry of urban ecosystems, in particular, the nutrient loss and the water retention capacity of a designed plant-soil system in highly urbanized and engineered environment, such as green roofs, rooftop farms, and a variety of on-structure landscapes.
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