Emeritus Professor of Tree and Forest Health
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences | Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Glen Stanosz is a Wisconsin native and Professor of Tree and Forest Health at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research group studies the biology and management of tree diseases caused by fungi. Professor Stanosz is an award winning teacher whose students include future foresters, horticulturists, and arborists, and professionals in the green industry.
Summary: Fungi are often overlooked, misunderstood, and definitely underappreciated. Yet these diverse and highly evolved organisms are critical to function of forest ecosystems. Their varied lifestyles are suited to roles as symbiotic mutualists, nature’s recyclers, or disease-causing tree pathogens. Fungi profoundly influence the initiation, development, composition, stability, and change of forests.
In recent years, weather seems to be very strongly influencing incidence and severity of tree and shrub injury and disease. Too cold, too hot, too wet, too dry…. climate appears to be changing or at least weather extremes are occurring outside of historical norms. Both direct and indirect effects of weather on woody plant health and measures to mitigate effects of weather extremes will be discussed.