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Why Trees Matter: The Value of Protecting and Improving Norwalk’s Tree Canopy
Trees provide a wide range of valuable, and sometimes hidden, ecosystem services across urban and suburban landscapes. In particular, they can play a profound role in regulating climate at local to global scales. Dr. Andrew Reinmann from The City University of New York and his colleagues have been studying how urbanization alters rates of tree growth and carbon sequestration and how the trees in our communities influence our local climate. During his presentation, he will highlight findings from this research and share some thoughts about the utility of tree inventories, tree ordinances, and tree planting programs for boosting canopy cover in our city.

Andrew Reinmann is an assistant professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Hunter College. He is a forest and urban ecologist with research interests focused on forest response to multiple aspects of environmental change including climate change, urbanization, forest fragmentation, and invasive species. Since joining CUNY in 2017, his research has broadened to include feedbacks between tree canopy cover and local climate in urban and suburban landscapes. He has published research papers in high impact journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Communications, Global Change Biology, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. His research has also been featured in several media outlets including National Public Radio, CityLab, The New York Times, and The Conversation. Reinmann holds a B.S. from Binghamton University, a M.S. from the University of Maine, and a Ph.D. from Boston University.

Nov 4, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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