Eric Wiseman of Christiansburg, Va., an associate professor of urban forestry and arboriculture and an Extension specialist in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, is the recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s Early Career Scientist Award.

The award recognizes scientists in the field of urban forestry and arboriculture who demonstrate exceptional promise and high career potential for producing internationally recognized research.

“Dr. Wiseman has thoughtfully investigated such topics as the street tree population in his home state of Virginia to what kinds of courses colleges are teaching in arboriculture,” said Colin Bashford, president of the society, which boasts over 20,000 members worldwide. “His thinking and questioning in his research is contributing to the growth and discovery of our field.”

“It’s a privilege to be considered to be on the same level as past recipients,” said Wiseman. “It says I might be as good as they are, which gives me something to shoot for.”

Wiseman, one of nine people selected for the society’s 2012 Awards of Distinction, accepted his award at the local chapter meeting in Cumberland, Md., on Oct. 2.

“Scientific accomplishments cannot happen unless someone values them,” said Wiseman. “We scientists struggle with the relevancy of our work so we need a constituency like the International Society of Arboriculture, an advocate for science and research, to help us expand the ever-growing body of knowledge and technology around us.”

Wiseman has published 18 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and trade magazines. In addition, he is known for his work on roadside arboriculture management, citizen monitoring of the emerald ash borer infestation, and predicting urban canopy coverage through tree growth.

Wiseman received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from Virginia Tech and his doctorate from Clemson University.



Written by LauraBess Kenny of Richmond, Va., a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

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