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Jessica has a passion for the urban forest and her research has focused on developing and enhancing current urban forestry practices in order to better manage the urban interface. She joined Casey Trees in July 2012.

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban forestry management
  • Urban tree mortality
  • Urban tree establishment
  • Urban site Index
  • Tree canopy coverage
  • Cost/Benefit models for the urban forest
  • Urban plant growth
  • Tree canopy reduction based on available soil
  • Urban ecosystem services

Experience

Research:

  • Graduate Thesis research on the current state of the Northeast Urban Forest
  • Assessing Powerline Right of Ways (ROW) in the NJ Pinelands in order to assess the potential for invasive species.
  • Arboretum Manager – Managed plant collections for the arboretum.

Publications:

  • Sanders J., J. Grabosky, J. M. Hartman.  2012. Urban Trees Growth Expectations in 20 years. (preparation)
  • Sanders J., J. Grabosky 2012.  Mature Tree Size Expectation In a New Jersey Urban Canopy.  Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. (submitted)
  • Sanders J, J. Grabosky.  2012.  Mature Tree Size Expectations in an Urban Canopy. HortScience Abstract.
  • Sanders, J., J. Grabosky. 2012 Factors influencing early survival of New York City Street Trees.  Urban Ecosystems (accepted)
  • Sanders, J. J. Grabosky, 2010.  Bayesian Analysis of Extensive Tree Inventory Data Sets.  Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the International Society of Arborists.
  • Sanders, J. J. Grabosky, 2008. Urban Tree Planting and Mortality Statistics in the boroughs of NYC.  Proceedings from the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Region of the American Society for Horticulture Science.
  • Sanders J, J. Grabosky.  2008.  Urban Tree Planting Mortality Statistics in the boroughs of NYC. HortScience Abstract.

Presentations:

  • Bayesian Analysis of Extensive Tree Inventory Data Sets.  International Society of Arborists.  Chicago IL (Invited Speaker) – July 2010
  • Tree Planting in New York City: A five-year mortality study.  International Society of Arborists.  St. Louis MO (Invited Speaker) – July 2008
  • Utility ROW Vegetation Mapping.  Garden State Tree Conference.  Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. (Poster) – March 2006
  • Urban Tree Planting and Mortality Statistics in the boroughs of NYC.  New Jersey Arborist’s Chapters of the International Society of Arborists.  Garden State Tree Conference. New Brunswick, NJ (Invited Speaker) – March 2008
  • Urban Tree Planting and Mortality Statistics in the boroughs of NYC.  Annual Meeting Northeast Region American Society for Horticultural Science.  Rutgers University.  New Brunswick, NJ. (Oral Presenter) – January 2008