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Tom Kimmerer

Dr. Tom Kimmerer is Chief Scientist at Venerable Trees, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the conservation of ancient trees in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

Dr. Kimmerer is a scientist, writer and photographer. His research publications are concerned with tree physiology, plant stress and plant/animal interactions. His interests have increasingly turned to interpretation of science for lay audiences. His first book Venerable Trees; Ancient Trees in an Agricultural and Urban Landscape will be published in 2015, and his book The Lives of Trees will appear late next year.

Dr. Kimmerer is a conservation photographer. His work to show the lives of trees and the challenges they face in a changing climate is featured on his photography web site (see link below), as are his published photographs.

Dr. Kimmerer received his undergraduate degree in Forest Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science of Forestry at Syracuse University, and his PhD in Forestry and Botany (Plant Physiology and Biochemistry) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Fulbright Scholar, and has taught forestry, urban forestry, tree physiology and plant physiology in the United States, Indonesia and Malaysia. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educators Course.

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