Melissa Custic

Melissa Custic
Morton Arboretum · Chicago Region Trees Initiative

M.S.

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Introduction
Melissa Custic currently works at the Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum coordinating the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

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This issue brief summarizes the benefits that trees provide to both the "built environment" and municipal planning goals. Drawing on a survey administered to public officials, it reviews strategies that municipalities use to maximize the benefits of trees, while providing evidence that trees provide both aesthetic and key functional purposes. The f...
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Root systems of nearly all trees in the built environment are subject to impacts of human activities that can affect tree health and reduce longevity. These influences are present from early stages of nursery development and throughout the life of the tree. Reduced root systems from root loss or constriction can reduce stability and increase stress...
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The physical, chemical, and biological constraints of urban soils often pose limitations for the growth of tree roots. An understanding of the interrelationships of soil properties is important for proper management. As a result of the interdependence of soil properties, the status of one soil factor can have an effect on all others. Preventing soi...
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This paper demonstrates the development of a simple model of carbon flow during plant growth. The model was developed by six undergraduate students and their instructor as a project in a plant ecophysiology course. The paper describes the structure of the model including the equations that were used to implement it in Excel®, the plant growth exper...
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Background/Question/Methods Soils are often characterized by a significant spatial heterogeneity of resources, particularly of nitrogen (N). The ability to rapidly proliferate into these microsites is an important morphological characteristic that would facilitate acquisition of N. While responses of root proliferation to mineral N have been studie...
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Background/Question/Methods In the last century, anthropogenic influences have enabled the invasion of exotic species in chaparral and California sage scrub (CSS) ecosystems, resulting in vegetation type conversion, species loss, and reduced fire-return interval. The objective of this study was to determine how germination of selected herbaceous fi...

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