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Teaching Activities

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

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

Syllabi and Course Materials


  • IU News Room press release: “Seeing the forest for the trees: SPEA students produce neighborhood forestry studies,” Spring 2009.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

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) 

SPEA E555 Urban Ecology

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

Honors Thesis/Independent Study Mentoring

Burney Fischer and Sarah Mincey have mentored several students in projects related to urban forestry. Links to recent projects are provided below.