Joe Boggs is an Assistant Professor with The Ohio State University Extension and The Ohio State University Department of Entomology. He has 20+ years of Extension experience working both with the public and the tree care industry. Joe specializes in tree health management with a strong focus on tree problem diagnostics including diagnosing and documenting tree pest problems and their effective management. He has a B.S. degree in Biology/Chemistry and a M.S. Degree in Entomology. Joe has a weekly radio segment (Buggy Joe Boggs Report) on the Saturday morning show, “In the Garden with Ron Wilson,” (WKRC, Cincinnati) that is syndicated to 30 radio stations in 12 states. He averages over 80 professional presentations per year covering a range of topics from tree pest management, to tree borers, to tree galls, to non-native pests including Asian longhorned beetle.
Chris Carlson hails from southern Wisconsin, where he grew up on a small farm south of Madison. He is an associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry at Kent State University at Salem. He earned bachelor degrees in plant biology and natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. As an undergraduate student, Chris studied forestry and natural resource management in the Black Forest of West Germany. Chris earned his Mater of Science degree in forest management and silviculture from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Following graduation, he held several positions as a state and country forester for the Wisconsin Department of natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service. He is an ISA certified arborist and has authored more than 65 articles and publications on urban tree care. Chris has taught at four state universities, has twice been formally academically tenured, and has practiced and promoted arboriculture and urban forestry for the past 32 years.
Kim D. Coder is Professor of Tree Biology and Health Care at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He has a degrees from Iowa State University in forestry, tree biology and forest ecolgy. He served as president of the International Socity of arboriculture and has received three of the tree health care profession’s highest world-wide, peer selected awards. Kim has authored over 500 technical publications and articles. He feels honored to help students, as well as people across the state and around the world, better undrstand and appreciate trees in biological, econological and cultural contexts.
Denise R. Ellsworth is the Program Director, Honeybee and native Pollinator Education at The Ohio State Univeristy Department of Entomology. Denise directs the honey bee and native pollinator education program through the program on the Wooster campus. In this outreach position, Denise supports and teaches beekeepers, farmers, gardeners and others across the state through a variety of workshops, webinars, written materials and electronic resources. Denise received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science both from The Ohio State University.
Bernadette Mach is a graduate research assistant for the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky. After graduating in 2013 with a BS in Organismal Biology, Bernadette served as a Tennessee State Parks Seasonal Interpretive Ranger at Bledsoe Creek State Park, Harrison Bay State Park, and as an AmeriCorps Appalachia CARES team member partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and Tennessee State Parks. While pursuing her master’s degree in Entomology she conducted a survey of bee assemblages in the urban landscape and investigating field realistic dosages of neonicotinoids. As a result of the study, she developed a list of bee-friendly trees and shrubs for the Ohio Valley region. Homeowners who desire to participate in bee conservation efforts can find the right plants for their years.
Tom Macy is the Forest Health Program Administrator for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. In this role, he oversees monitoring, surveying, and management of insect, disease, and invasive species pests impacting Ohio’s forests and trees, as well as education and outreach. Tom earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Forest Science from The Ohio State University. He has worked for the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.
Anand B. Persad, PhD, BCE is Manager of Plant Sciences Research at Davey Tree and focuses on arboricultural research of biomechanics and invasive exotic pests. Anand has been with Davey for more than 11 years.
Anand received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees from the University of West Indies and has received additional training in the United Kingdom from the University of East Anglia and Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Anand worked on the pink hibiscus mealybug at the United States Department of Agriculture – Research Service in Orlando as part of a proactive approach in combating this destructive, introduced pest. As a post-doctoral entomologist at the University of Florida, he developed novel insect identification techniques.
Tyler Stevenson administers the State Urban Forestry Assistance Program for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. Prior to joining ODNR, he was the Grand Rapids, MI City Forester and has also been employed as an ACRT utility forester, USFS forest technician, and urban forestry consultant. Tyler is an ISA TRAQ, BCMA and holds BS and MS degrees in Forestry from Virginia Tech and Penn State.