Jason Grabosky, a professor in the Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources program, and an extension specialist for the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been elected by the general membership to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), which serves the tree care industry.
Grabosky serves as the John and Eleanor Kuser Endowed Faculty Scholar in Urban and Community Forestry which has natural parallels to the ISA mission statement, which states, “Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.”
His research interests include urban tree management in the development and maintenance of urban landscapes, managing stormwater for urban sustainability using trees and structural soils, and root-pavement conflicts.
“Having been associated with this organization for many years, it is an opportunity to serve the tree care community while learning where folks need advancement in understanding and in techniques within a rapidly changing natural environment and similarly rapid changing technological environment,” said Grabosky. “Serving on the board will undoubtedly influence our program’s research within the applied aspects of the program, and it will inform my understanding of the industry to improve our extension outreach programs.”
With more than 22,000 members and 31,000 credentialed tree care professionals, the ISA has 59 component chapters throughout North America, Asia, Oceania, Europe, and South America, as well as several associate organizations such as the Society of Municipal Arborists, the Utility Arborist Association and the Arboricultural Research and Educational Academy.
The ISA also maintains a research journal, Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, a trade journal, Arborist News, and a portfolio of educational and training publications.