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Eric Wiseman

Associate Professor, Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

B.S., Virginia Tech (1996); M.S., Virginia Tech (2001); Ph.D., Clemson University (2005)


Interest Areas: Tree physiological responses to arboricultural treatments; urban forest ecophysiology; urban forest inventory and assessment.

Urban Forestry Gateway Website.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • FOR 2254 Arboriculture Field Skills
  • FOR 3354 Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
  • FOR 3454 Urban Forestry Field Lab 
  • FOR 4454/5454G Urban Forest Management and Policy
Research Activities
  • Demonstration and research of overhead utility compatible trees
  • Practices and perceptions of urban forest biomass and waste wood utilization

  • Optimizing tree planting configurations to improve energy conservation benefits of shade trees
  • Using urban tree canopy cover assessments to strategically plan and implement urban forest conservation and augmentation

  • The Virginia Big Tree Program
Publications

Research Publications

  • Hwang, W.H., Wiseman, P.E., Thomas, V.A., 2015. Tree planting configuration influences shade on residential structures in four U.S. cities. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 41, 208-222.
  • Kimball, L.L., Wiseman, P.E., Day, S.D., Munsell, J.F., 2014. Use of urban tree canopy assessments by localities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Cities and the Environment 7.
  • Turnbull, T., Jean-Philippe, S., Albright, R., Buckley, D., Schaeffer, S., Wiseman, P., 2014. Investigating land-use change on street tree ecosystems. Open Journal of Forestry 4, 467-480.
  • Chen, Y., Day, S.D., Shrestha, R.K., Strahm, B.D., Wiseman, P.E., 2014. Influence of urban land development and soil rehabilitation on soil-atmosphere greenhouse gas fluxes. Geoderma 226-227, 348-353.
  • Campbell, C.D., Seiler, J.R., Wiseman, P.E., Strahm, B.D., Munsell, J.F., 2014. Soil carbon dynamics in residential lawns converted from Appalachian mixed oak stands. Forests 5, 425-438.
  • Chen, Y., Day, S.D., Wick, A.F., Strahm, B.D., Wiseman, P.E., Daniels, W.L., 2013. Changes in soil carbon pools and microbial biomass from urban land development and subsequent post-development soil rehabilitation. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 66, 38-44.
  • Bartens, J., H. D. Grissino-Mayer, S. D. Day, and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Evaluating the potential for dendrochronological analysis of live oak (Quercus virginiana Mill.) from the urban and rural environment—An explorative study. Dendrochronologia 30:15-21.
  • Chen, Y., S. D. Day, A. Wick, W. L. Daniels, B. Strahm and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Relation of microbial biomass carbon and aggregate size distribution to soil carbon pools four years after urban soil rehabilitation. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International 76th Annual Meeting, 'Visions for a Sustainable Planet,' Cincinnati, OH. S06 Soil and Water Management and Conservation: Abstract 140-6.
  • Wiseman, P. E., S. D. Day, and J. R. Harris. 2012. Organic amendment effects on soil carbon and microbial biomass in the root zone of three landscape tree species. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 38(6): 262-275.
  • Wiseman, P. E., S. D. Day, and J. R. Harris. 2012. Organic amendment effects on soil carbon and microbial biomass in the root zone of three landscape tree species. HortScience 47:S394.
  • Wiseman, P. E., J. W. Hoffman, S. D. Day, and T. L. Clements. 2011. A syllabus-based review of collegiate arboriculture course content in the United States. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry37 (2):51-59.
  • Patterson, M. F., P. E. Wiseman, M. F. Winn, S. Lee, and P. A. Araman. 2011. Effects of photographic distance on tree crown attributes calculated using UrbanCrowns image analysis software. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 37 (4):173-179.
  • Appleton, B. L., and P. E. Wiseman. 2010. Evaluating Utilitrees for use in Virginia. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Southern Nursery Association Conference.
  • Bartens, J.*, P. E. Wiseman, E. T. Smiley. 2010. Stability of landscape trees in engineered and conventional urban soil mixes. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 9(4):333–338.
  • Day, S. D., S. B. Dickinson, P. E. Wiseman, and J. R. Harris. 2010. Tree root ecology in the urban environment and implications for a sustainable rhizosphere. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 36(5):193–205.
  • Day, S. D., P. E. Wiseman, S. B. Dickinson, and J. R. Harris. 2010. Contemporary concepts of root system architecture of urban trees. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 36(4):149–159.
  • Layman, R. M.*, S. D. Day, J. R. Harris, W. L. Daniels, and P. E. Wiseman. 2010. Rehabilitation for severely compacted urban soils to optimize tree establishment and growth. Meeting of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Acta Horticulturae 881:505–509.
  • Wiseman, P. E., and J. A. McGee. 2010. Taking stock: assessing urban forests to inform policy and management. Virginia Forests 65(4):4–7.
  • Wiseman, P. E., and C. E. Wells. 2009. Arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation affects root development of Acer and Magnolia species. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 27(2):70–79.
  • Wiseman, P. E., K. H. Colvin, and C. E. Wells. 2009. Performance of mycorrhizal products marketed for woody landscape plant. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 27(1):41–50.
  • Day, S. D., G. W. Watson, P. E. Wiseman, and J. R. Harris. 2009. Causes and consequences of deep structural roots in urban trees: from nursery production to landscape establishment. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 35(4):182–190.
  • Alvey, A. A.*, P. E. Wiseman, and B. Kane. 2009. Efficacy of conventional tree stabilization systems and their effect on short-term tree development. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 35(3):157–164.
  • Appleton, B.L., C.M. Cannella, P.E. Wiseman, and A.A. Alvey. 2008. Tree stabilization: current products and practices. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 34(1):54-58.
  • Kirwan, J.L., P.E. Wiseman and J.R. Seiler. 2007. Trees on K-12 school campuses in Virginia. Virginia Journal Science 58(1):3–16.
  • Wiseman, P.E. 2007. Best Management Practices-Integrated Pest Management. Champaign, IL: International Society of Arboriculture. 29 p.
  • Wiseman, P.E. and C.E. Wells. 2005. Soil inoculum potential and arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization of Acer rubrum in forested and developed landscapes. Journal of Arboriculture 31(6): 296-302.
  • Gough, C.M., J.R. Seiler, P.E. Wiseman, and C.M. Maier. 2005. Soil CO2 efflux in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) plantations on the Virginia Piedmont and South Carolina Coastal Plain over a rotation-length chronosequence. Biogeochemistry. 73(1):127-147.
  • Wiseman, P.E. and J.R. Seiler. 2004. Soil CO2 efflux across four age classes of plantation loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) on the Virginia Piedmont. Forest Ecology and Management 192: 297-311.             

Outreach Publications   

Presentations

Invited Outreach Presentations  

Invited Research Presentations   

  • Ambrose, M. and E. Wiseman. 2015. Modeling Urban Host Tree Distributions for Invasive Forest Insects Using a Two-step Approach. Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention. Baton Rouge, LA. November 5th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2015. Use of Urban Tree Canopy Assessments by Localities in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Livable Communities through Urban Forestry Conference. Washington, DC. August 7th.
  • O'Herrin, K., S. Day, and E. Wiseman. 2015. Student Awareness and Impressions of Urban Forestry as a Career Choice. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual Conference and Trade Show. Orlando, FL. August 12th.
  • Hwang, W. H., P. E. Wiseman, and V. A. Thomas. 2014. Tree Planting Configuration Effects on Shade Provision and Energy Conservation across a Latitudinal Gradient. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual Conference and Trade Show. Milwaukee, WI. August 6th.
  • Campbell, C. D., J. R. Seiler, and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Comparison of soil carbon dynamics in residential lawns and unmanaged forest. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America. Blacksburg, VA. April 14th.
  • Chen, Y., S. D. Day, W. L. Daniels, B. Strahm, P. E. Wiseman, and K. McGuire. 2012. The effects of urban soil rehabilitation on urban tree growth. Oral presentation at the 87th annual conference of the International Society of Arboriculture. Portland, OR. August 11th.
  • Chen, Y., S. D. Day, A.Wick, W. L. Daniels, and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Relation of microbial biomass carbon and aggregate size distribution to soil carbon pools four years after urban soil rehabilitation. Oral presentation at the 76th annual meeting of ASA-CSSA-SSSA. Cincinnati, OH. November 3rd.
  • Koch, F. H., M. J. Ambrose, D. Yemshanov, and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Modeling urban distributions of host trees for invasive forest pests. Oral presentation at the 60th annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Knoxville, TN. November 11th.
  • Orth, D.J., K.H. Cowgill, D.F. Stauffer, and P.E. Wiseman. 2012. Sustainability Beliefs of First-Year Students in Natural Resources. Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. Fort Collins, CO. March 24th.
  • Patterson, M. F., and P. E. Wiseman. 2012. Sampling unit effects on precision of street tree population estimates from i-Tree Streets software. Oral presentation at the 4th annual Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation Graduate Research Symposium. Blacksburg, VA. March 27th.
  • Wiseman, P.E., S. D. Day, and J. R. Harris. 2012. Organic amendment effects on soil carbon and microbial biomass in the root zone of three landscape tree species. Poster presentation at the 109th annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Miami, FL. August 2nd.

Invited Poster Presentations

  • Sullivan, J., S. Day, E. Wiseman, G. Dahle, K. O'Herrin, and A. Benjamin. Urban Forestry and Its Role in Urban Ecosystem Management: A New Frontier for a Developing Profession? 100th Ecological Society of America Meeting. Baltimore, MD. August 14th.
  • Day, S., K. O'Herrin, A. Benjamin, G. Dahle, E. Wiseman, J. Sullivan, and G. Frey. 2015. Urban Forestry 2020: A Critical Look at the Profession. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual Conference and Trade Show. Orlando, FL. August 12th.
  • Hwang, W. H., P. E. Wiseman, J. A. McGee, and S. D. Day. 2013. Pilot Project: Comparing Urban Tree Canopy Assessments Methods on the Virginia Tech. International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Annual Conference and Trade Show. Toronto, ON, Canada. August 7th.
  • Hwang, W. H., P. E. Wiseman, J. A. McGee, and V. A. Thomas. 2013. Comparing Image Classification and Photo Interpretation as Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Methods. Virginia Tech GIS and Remote Sensing Research Symposium. Blacksburg, VA. April 19th.
  • Campbell, C.D., P.E. Wiseman, and J.R. Seiler. 2012. Comparison of Soil Carbon Dynamics in Residential Lawns and Unmanaged Forest. Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Conference. Blacksburg, VA. April 14th.
  • Chen, Y., S.D. Day, P.E. Wiseman, A.F. Wick, B.D. Strahm, W.L. Daniels, and K.J. Mcguire. 2012. Relation of Microbial biomass Carbon and Tree Root Distribution to Soil Carbon Dynamics Four Years after Urban Soil Rehabilitation. Ecological Society of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter Annual Conference. Blacksburg, VA. April 14th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. and M. F. Patterson. 2011. Effects of Photographic Distance on Tree Crown Attributes Calculated Using UrbanCrowns Image Analysis Software. Urban Tree Growth Symposium. Lisle, IL. September 12-13th.
  • Campbell, C., J. R. Seiler, and P. E. Wiseman. 2011. Transforming Appalachian Valley and Ridge Hardwood Forest to Residential Lawn: Effects on Soil Carbon Dynamics. North American Forest Ecology Workshop. Roanoke, VA. June 19th.
Professional Achievements

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  • Teacher of the Week, 10/21/2013. Awarded by Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech.
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech. 2013 -2014 Academic Year
  • University Exemplary Program Award, Invent the Sustainable Future FYE Course, College of Natural Resources and Environment. Awarded by Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech. 2013 -2014 Academic Year.
  • Early-Career Scientist Award. 2012. International Society of Arboriculture.
  • Forestry Merit Award. 2009. New River - Highlands Resource Conservation and Development Council.
  • Award of Merit.  2008.  Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
  • Douglas R. Phillips Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. 2003. Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources. Clemson University.
  • Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society, Alpha Beta Chapter. 2003. Clemson University.
  • Certified Arborist #SO-1599A. 1998. International Society of Arboriculture.

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