The Lives of Trees: The Biology of Trees in the 21st Century is about the rise of human influence over the lives of trees. Climate change, the nitrogen cycle, international trade and other human factors are now the controlling influences in the reproduction, growth and evolution of trees. This project is producing photographs, videos, articles and books about the lives of trees in the 21st century. The goal of this project is to promote rational decision making so that tree species of today, and the forests in which they live, are still here for future generations. More information about this project will appear on this site as it progresses.
Venerable Trees is dedicated to the conservation of the remaining ancient trees of the Kentucky Bluegrass through publications, education and outreach, and to promote the planting of native trees in urban and agricultural landscapes of the Bluegrass. Like The Lives of Trees, Venerable Trees is producing photographs, videos, articles and books about these important trees. The goal of this project is to prolong the lives of the existing old trees and to provide locally-sourced replacement trees, to ensure that future generations will continue to see the Bluegrass landscape as it has been for hundreds of years.
Tom Kimmerer, PhD, is a forest scientist with over 30 years’ experience in tree biology, forest management and renewable energy. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in forestry and botany (plant physiology and biochemistry), and is a former faculty member at the University of Kentucky and was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now Universiti Putra Malaysia). Tom has taught and lectured at universities and institutions throughout the US, Canada, Malaysia and Indonesia. Tom is also a published author and photographer.
Tom lectures extensively on sustainability, forestry and climate change, and writes regularly for both technical and popular media. Tom is available for consulting, lectures and presentations. Please contact us for more information.