Professor Chris Carlson hails from southern Wisconsin, where he grew up on a small farm south of Madison. He is an associate professor of arboriculture and urban forestry at Kent State University at Salem.
In 1977, he earned bachelor degrees in plant biology and natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1977. As an undergraduate student, Carlson studied forestry and natural resource management in the Black Forest of West Germany in 1975, before the East Berlin Wall fell.
In 1981, Carlson earned his Master of Science degree in forest management and silviculture from Michigan State University in East Lansing. Following graduation, he held several positions as a state and county forester for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service.
Carlson was also a research forester with the Timberlands Division of Champion International in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and later served nine years as the head of the Forestry and Urban Forestry Department at North Dakota State University. While there, he also taught classes in arboriculture, urban forestry, forest and shade tree pathology, dendrology, forest management and pesticide certification.
Carlson also authored more than 65 articles and publications on urban tree care for the Society of Municipal Arborists; the National Arborist Association; Tree Care Industry; the Journal of Forestry; and the International Journal of Urban Forestry in England.
He has been a certified arborist and member of the Ohio Chapter of ISA for the last 18 years and served six years as Ohio’s chair of the ISA Certification Exam Committee. Most recently, Carlson served as a member of the ISA board of directors for the National ISA Certification Exam Committee.
Carlson has taught at four state universities; has twice been formally academically tenured; and has practiced and promoted arboriculture and urban forestry for the past 32 years.
Bachelor degrees in plant biology and natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1977, Master of Science degree in forest management and silviculture from Michigan State University in East Lansing
Tree biology, Arboriculture
Member of the Ohio Chapter of ISA, Ohio’s chair of the ISA Certification Exam Committee, Member of the ISA board of directors for the National ISA Certification Exam Committee