arboriculture, Research, Uncategorized, urban forestry

Women in Urban Forestry, Arboriculture and Natural Resources: Reflections on three panel discussions

As part of my postdoctoral research through the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry, I’m currently examining the role of women in arboriculture and urban forestry in North America to understand the barriers they face and the strategies they use to overcome them. This research and sharing progresses the goal of improved labour… Continue reading Women in Urban Forestry, Arboriculture and Natural Resources: Reflections on three panel discussions

arboriculture, Research, urban forestry

Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Last week at the International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter (ISAO) Annual Conference in Huntsville, Ontario, I had the opportunity to present my two sociological research studies to over 550 delegates: First, an overview of findings from my doctoral work about arborist perspectives on language, labour, agency and education in southern Ontario; and, second, the preliminary… Continue reading Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles

Uncategorized

Women in Trees: Sharing Experiences and Lessons

When Fleming College Professor of Urban Forestry, Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, first asked me to speak at the one-day Women in Trees Conference and Awareness Day on Earth Day 2017, I didn’t know what to expect or what I could offer. When I first started my career in urban forestry I often found myself surrounded mostly… Continue reading Women in Trees: Sharing Experiences and Lessons

Travel, Uncategorized

Of travels, trees and tales: Everyone’s a storyteller

After an eventful month of travels through New York, Malmö, Copenhagen, Dublin, Toronto, and Montreal; I’ve been thinking a lot about people and about the associations that we make with urban places and the memories that resonate from various experiences. For some, it’s the architecture, for others it’s food, some like sculptures and monuments, some… Continue reading Of travels, trees and tales: Everyone’s a storyteller