2021 Landscape Short Course Speakers Bio

Course Speakers

Nina Lauren Bassuk, Ph.D.

Nina is a professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Bassuk is also a professor and program leader of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University and sits on the board of the New York State Urban Forestry Council. Dr. Bassuk is co-author of Trees in the Urban Landscape, a text for landscape architects and horticultural practitioners on establishing trees in disturbed and urban landscapes. Dr. Bassuk work with municipalities to assess and manage their urban tree resources while applying appropriate technologies.

Chad Giblin

Chad is owner of Trees & Me, a tree care firm based in Saint Paul, MN, Director of Operations at City Forester LLC, based in Cupertino, CA, and an instructor in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota. Chad’s work is focused on increasing awareness and access to urban natural resources through memorable, hands-on outdoor experiences, affordable tree care, and systems of tree preservation.

Brian Hudelson, Ph.D.

Brian is the Director of Diagnostic Services in the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic at UW-Madison where he identifies plant diseases and provides clients with diagnoses and information on disease control.

Jeffrey Iles, Ph.D.

Jeff is Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. His research/extension/teaching focus is plant evaluation, landscape plant establishment and maintenance, and nursery crop production practices.

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Paul Koch, Ph.D.

Paul is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison with an expertise in Urban Ecology and Turfgrass Management.

PJ Liesch

PJ is an assistant faculty associate and the expert on insect identification and biology at UW-Madison. Also known as the Wisconsin Bug guy, PJ is the Director of the Insect Diagnostic Lab.

Kevin Roethle

Kevin has worked at Ball Horticultural Company for the past 16 years, including six and half years as the Head of New Product Development at Ball Ingenuity in West Chicago, and is currently a Sales Representative. He graduated from UW-River Falls with a BS degree in Horticulture.

Doug Soldat, Ph.D.

Doug is a professor in the Department of Soil Science at UW-Madison focusing on turfgrass, urban soils, nutrient management, water resources, soil testing, and landscape irrigation.