Vision and Research of the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum

Location: Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53, Founder's Room
Lisle, IL 60532

Presentation and casual tour with
Dr. Charles H. Cannon, Jr. AB '88,

Director, the Center for Tree Science
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Trees are everywhere and they contribute to humanity’s well-being in many different ways. Unfortunately, trees are also threatened worldwide in many different ways, from deforestation to climate change. Despite the large role they play in global ecosystems and urban environments, trees are poorly understood and their biology remains largely a mystery, from the individual up to the forest level. Dr. Chuck Cannon joined the Morton Arboretum in 2015 to lead the Center for Tree Science, a new ambitious initiative to drive research into tree biology, behavior, and the benefits they provide. Building on the long history of research at the Morton Arboretum, the Center for Tree Science will connect with a global network of researchers and students to discover solutions to pressing challenges faced by trees and to train the next generation of tree scientists.

Dr. Cannon will provide a brief history of the Morton Arboretum, its past research efforts, and the vision of the Center for Tree Science. Following the presentation and discussion in the Founder’s Room of the Thornhill Education Center, he will lead a casual tour through a small portion of the living collections (weather permitting).
Dr. Cannon graduated in 1989 with a degree in Biological Anthropology but is officially a member of the Class of ‘88. He took a year off to work as a research assistant at a remote field station in the rainforests of Indonesian Borneo and to conduct his honors thesis research on primate behavior. During that period of time, he realized that the forests and the trees that create them were neglected by conservation biologists and ecologists alike. After spending two years studying the impact of selective logging on forest structure and regeneration in Bornean forests, he obtained a PhD in Botany from Duke University on the evolution of Asian stone oaks. Prior to joining Morton, he was faculty at Texas Tech University and spent over 4 years as a Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, based at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Yunnan, China. He has worked with numerous organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and National Geographic Society, and has conducted a broad range of research on the evolution, ecology, and conservation of trees.


DATE:           Sunday, October 23

TIME:           1:30   Light snacks, soft drinks, Reception & Networking
                      2:00  Presentation
                      3:00  Casual tour "in the trees", weather permitting

LOCATION:   Morton Arboretum
                      4100 Illinois Route 53, the Founder's Room
                      Lisle, IL 60532

IMPORTANT:  For this event we will be allowed special entrance at the "night entrance", so there will be NO additional entrance fee! Directions will be provided to

                            registrants before the event.

COST:         $15 per person for HCC members and their guests           
                     $30 per person for non-members and their guests                 

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