Restoration and Conservation of Rural and Urban Forests

Research Focus

Paul Schaberg in the lab.We work on developing knowledge and methods to address the effects of invasive species and surface mining on forested and urban landscapes in the Northeast and Midwest.  Our approaches include development of microbial controls and field methods for use against invasive insects; generation of hardwood trees with resistance/tolerance to invasive pathogens or insects through genetics; development of methods to use pathogen and insect resistant/tolerant hardwood tree strains to restore tree species and/or landscapes; development of controls and management methods to address invasive weeds within the urban landscape; and generation of methods to facilitate reforestation of reclaimed mine lands. 

Research Areas

  • Mycology - Forest management for productivity and carbon sequestration is limited by an inadequate understanding of the critical roles of forest fungi in pathology, biodiversity, tree nutrition, and biogeochemistry.
  • Pathogens and Insects - Forests are threatened by the introduction, establishment, spread, and impact of invasive and native species, particularly in the northern U.S.
  • Physiological Responses of Trees to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors. - Forest health and productivity are threatened by an inadequate understanding of key physiological responses of trees to environmental stress.


Last Modified: March 8, 2019