The Garden Club of America (GCA) has selected Ryan Klein, an environmental horticulture masters student at Gulf Coast REC, as a 2015 recipient of their national urban forestry graduate fellowship to enhance his research on the real and perceived risk posed by trees. The fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend and is renewable for a second year.
Initiated and funded by the GCA Zone VI chapter and the Washington, D.C. non-profit, Casey Trees, the GCA Urban Forestry Fellowship supports graduate students in environmental science, horticulture, forestry, and other disciplines related to the care and management of urban trees. Ryan is one of 4 recipients selected from a pool of 39 applicants.
John Roberts, a doctoral student in environmental horticulture at Gulf Coast REC, received two awards for scholarly merit in 2014. John was the Fall 2014 recipient of the John P. White Memorial Scholarship ($250) co-sponsored by the Florida Urban Forestry Council and the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. He also received the 2014 graduate student scholarship offered by the Orlando Garden Club Fellowship in honor of Mary S. Compton and Ann Guthrie ($2000). Both awards help further his research on the use of remote sensing technologies in urban forest management and tree risk assessment.