Understanding how trees grow is a foundation for the practice of arboriculture. However, if one picks up a current article about woody plants, one can be overwhelmed with jargon (determinate, indeterminate, apical dominance vs. apical control, isohydric and anisohydric responses to water stress, embolism, cavitation, hydraulic redistribution, hydraulic architecture, hydraulic vulnerability, carbon starvation, role of aquaporins in membrane function, …). Is it all garbage or can you improve your understanding of trees by having these terms explained?
This course, taught by Tom Hinckley, UW Emeritus Professor of Woody Plant Physiology, will cover the basics of tree biology and how trees grow in response to their environment. Topics to be covered include meristems and their functions, growth patterns, tree responses to stress, tree competition and mortality, and how trees get water from roots to their canopies. The class includes a lecture plus hands-on examples with whole trees and tree parts from a range of circumstances and species. We will put current concepts of tree growth and development into a form that arborists can use in their work.
Tom Hinckley studies tissue to whole tree responses to environmental stresses. He is particularly interested in the water and nutrient relations, carbon economy, and growth of trees from diverse ecosystems. Recent emphases have been on the understanding of structural-functional relationships using Populus as a model system, and on scaling leaf and twig level measures of water loss to the branch, tree, and stand levels in such species as hybrid Populus, Abies amabilis, and Pseudotsuga menziesii. For the latter species, he has been using the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility.
Cost of course includes a 20 page color book.
Cancellations made at least 10 days prior to the event will be refunded at 100%.
Cancellations made within 5-9 days of the event will be refunded at 75%.
Cancellations made within 1-4 days of the event will be refunded at 50%.
Refunds will not be made available for no-shows.