|Dr. Zhu Ning served as the chair and keynote speaker of the Urban Forest Sustainability International Symposium. The event was held in Shenyang, China from May 29 - June 4, 2016.|
Baton Rouge, LA – Dr. Zhu H. Ning, Urban Forestry Professor and Research Scientist at Southern University served as symposium chair and keynote speaker during the Urban Forest Sustainability International Symposium themed, “Sustaining Urban Forests in a Changing Climate.” The event took place in Shenyang, China from May 29 - June 4, 2016.
Dr. Ning’s presentation not only targeted international research advances, but also showcased the findings of her U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) funded projects at the Southern University Ag Center. The findings included the effects of elevated carbon dioxide and flooding on urban trees, an assessment of the urban forest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Scotlandville Community and ecosystem service valuation.
Dr. Kamran Abdollahi, SU Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Program Leader and Graduate Director, was also one of the symposium’s five key speakers. He provided valuable information on biochar application as urban forest soil amendment, which is also a Southern University Ag Center project. Biochar is a charcoal produced from plant matter and stored in soil as a way of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The symposium attracted over 120 scientists, practitioners, and students, who represented more than 40 universities, research centers, and research institutes from the United States, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the Czech Republic. Feedback from the participants indicated that the symposium surpassed their expectations; with excellent research paper presentations. The participants expressed that the symposium provided a platform for research result dissemination, promoted scientific exchange, strengthened professional networks, and enhanced international collaborations.
The event was jointly hosted by the International Society of Arboriculture, Southern University Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Program, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chinese Academy of Forestry.