Trees have many important functions within the urban environment including air quality improvements, wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the heat island effect; however, their contribution to green infrastructure used for stormwater management is not well understood. There is a critical need to understand the health and role of trees in these systems (specifically compared to other vegetation types) to enable urban foresters and engineers to select the most appropriate plant material to maximize functionality of natural stormwater treatment systems. The goal of this project is to demonstrate the role of trees in bioretention areas in the eastern United States and beyond, and to make recommendations regarding system design and tree species selection to maximize bioretention area functionality and tree health.
A high quality Graduate Research Assistant is being sought to contribute to a research program that integrates innovative stormwater management, natural systems, and urban sustainability. Expected start date is January 1, 2015. Students who have completed or are currently completing a master’s degree are preferred. Applications will be received until August 15.