Portfolio for Jessica M. Vogt
School / Program:
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: Ecology (Biology Department)
Urban ecosystems, urban forestry, urban tree planting program evaluation, tree growth
- Dr. Burney Fischer (SPEA)
- Dr. David Good (SPEA)
- Dr. Keith Clay (Biology)
Current Dissertation Progress:I am currently in the process of developing research questions for my dissertation, which will broadly research the connections between urban policy, planning and management decisions and their biophysical and ecological outcomes as related to urban vegetation. Currently, I am working on two projects which will contribute to my dissertation.
- I am working with Burney Fischer and Rich Hauer (University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point) to perform a literature review commissioned by the International Society of Arboriculture on "The Costs of Not Maintaining Trees," focusing on the opportunity costs of management decisions but also the non-monetary social and ecological costs of these decisions.
- CIPEC researchers Sarah Mincey, Matt Patterson, Professor Burney Fischer and I are conducting an evaluation of nonprofit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's (KIB) NeighborWoods tree planting program. We are currently analyzing data on 270 trees from our first summer of data collection in preparation for a larger effort in Summer 2012 that will use Indianapolis youth to collect data on over 1,000 trees planted in 30-40 individual projects between 2006 and 2009. This research focuses not only on the biophysical questions concerning how trees grow in urban environments but also on the social effects of tree planting activities on neighborhood collective action efforts.
Expected Defense Date: May 2014Dissertation Description:
Publications and Conference Proceedings:
Vogt, J.M., S.K. Mincey, & B.C. Fischer. 2011. Establishment & Growth of Community-Planted Street Trees in Indianapolis, IN: Presentation of a Data Collection Methodology and Preliminary Results. Urban Tree Growth: An International Meeting & Research Symposium,
Mincey, S.K., R.M. Krause, & J.M. Vogt (2010, Nov). Tying Local Policy, Management, and Institutional Arrangements to Environmental Outcomes: The Role of Urban Forests in Municipal Sustainability Initiatives. Association for the Advancement of Public Policy and Management 2010 Conference. Boston, Massachusetts. Awarded 2nd place in APPAM poster session.
Vogt, J.M. & B.C. Fischer. (2010, July). Tree City USA: A Potential Catalyst for Broader Sustainable Community Initiatives? International Academy of Arboriculture 2010 Conference & Trade Show, July 24-27, 2010, Navy Pier Convention Center, Chicago, IL.