Recent work in the field of tree biomechanics has helped inform and modernize the new ANSI Tree Risk Assessment standard and ISA Best Management Practices. This presentation will provide an overview of recent advancements from North America in the field of tree biomechanics including a participant’s perspective on Tree Biomechanics Week 2010 and 2013 and new studies utilizing NASA developed camera technologies to assess stresses in trees.
Philip van Wassenaer, B.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Master of Forest Conservation, is the principal consultant for Urban Forest Innovations, Inc., which specializes in the preservation, enhancement, and management of the urban forest using a research- and science-based approach. He is an ISA Certified Arborist, member of ASCA , a Past President and Director of the Ontario Urban Forest Council and a 2009 recipient of the ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture Award.