Members of the Bloomington Urban Forestry Research Group are involved in many ongoing teaching activities. Some of these activities are highlighted below.
- SPEA E422/522 Urban Forest Management
- SPEA E555 Urban Ecology
- Honors Theses/Independent Study Mentoring
In 2006, Burney Fischer received a grant to develop a course in Urban Forest Management to be taught at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. Fischer currently teaches this course of 30-50 students during the spring semester of every year, and the most recent syllabus is available below.
Funding and Support
- Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Urban Forest Conservation Fund, Special Grant: “Establishing and Urban Forestry Course at IU SPEA Bloomington” (PI: Fischer, 2006-2007: $9,475).
- School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB.
Syllabi and Course Materials
- Spring 2012 Urban Forest Management Syllabus
- Spring 2012 Urban Forest Management Reading List & Assignments
- IU News Room press release: “Seeing the forest for the trees: SPEA students produce neighborhood forestry studies,” Spring 2009.
Mincey, S.K. and B.C. Fischer. 2008. Bloomington, Indiana and Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs: Partnering for the Urban Forest. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference & Trade Show, July 25-28, 2008, St. Louis, MO. (Poster and Conference Proceedings)
In the spring of 2010, Burney Fischer worked with several SPEA Master’s students to develop the first course in Urban Ecology at IUB. This course is taught periodically in the fall semester to a small group of 10-15 master’s students and is entirely based on discussion of student-selected readings.
Syllabi and Course Materials
Burney Fischer and Sarah Mincey have mentored several students in projects related to urban forestry. Links to recent projects are provided below.
- A Preliminary Assessment of Urban Fruit Tree Projects in the United States, by Stephanie Hopkins. Independent study mentored by Burney Fischer. Completed Fall 2012.
- Urban Forestry in Hanoi, Vietnam: Applying the Framework of Social Ecological Systems to the Urban Forestry Management in Vietnam, by Megan Ploch. Honors thesis mentored by Burney Fischer and Sarah Mincey. Completed Spring 2012.
- Streetscape Inventory on the Indiana University-Bloomington Campus: An Analysis of Tree Species Demographics, Condition, and Ecosystem Services using i-Tree Streets, by Kaitlyn McClain. Honors thesis mentored by Burney Fischer. Completed Spring 2012.
- The Feasibility of Implementing a Sustainable Urban Forest Management Program. Case Study: Brownsburg, IN, by Scott Silver. Honors thesis mentored by Burney Fischer. Completed Spring 2011.
- An Edible Urban Forest: An Element of the Sustainability Equation, by Amy Countryman. BSES thesis mentored by Burney Fischer. Completed December 2009.