Trees make cities more livable. They cool the environment, filter pollutants from the air, and can even improve human health. Unfortunately, the stresses of urban living make many trees unhealthy. For example, research shows that one of these stresses, heat, increases pest abundance on urban trees. In this Science Café we will discuss the importance of urban trees, effects of urban warming on tree health, and the implications of climate change for natural forests.
About Our Speaker
Steve Frank is Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University. His lab conducts research on pests in greenhouses, nurseries and urban landscapes. By understanding the factors that lead to pest outbreaks they hope to develop sustainable management practices that protect urban trees, the environment and human health.
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