Dr. Eric Wiseman

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

Dr. Eric Wiseman

Dr. Eric Wiseman
228 Cheatham Hall
310 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Tree physiological responses to arboricultural treatments; urban forest ecophysiology; urban forest assessment and management.

  • FREC 2254 Arboriculture Field Skills
  • FREC 3354 Trees in the Built Environment
  • FREC 3454 Trees in the Built Environment Lab
  • FREC 4454/5454G Urban and Community Forestry
  • Stormwater capture in ultra-urban sites using gravel-based tree pits
  • Practices and perceptions of urban forest biomass and waste wood utilization
  • Trends and challenges in urban forestry higher education and advancement of the urban forestry profession
  • Influence of tree canopy cover on residential housing prices and energy consumption

Research Publications

  • O’Herrin, K., P. E. Wiseman, S. D. Day, and W. H. Hwang. 2018. Identifying a career ladder in urban forestry by analyzing job postings and interviews. Journal of Forestry 116 (2):151-163.
  • O’Herrin, K., S. D. Day, P. E. Wiseman, C. R. Friedel, and J. F. Munsell. 2018. University student perceptions of urban forestry as a career path. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 34:294-304.
  • Koch, F. H., M. J. Ambrose, D. Yemshanov, P. E. Wiseman, and F. Cowett. 2018. Modeling urban distributions of host trees for invasive forest insects in the eastern and central USA: A three-step approach using field inventory data. Forest Ecology and Management 417:222-236.
  • Stai, S. M., P. E. Wiseman, and K. Fernholz. 2017. Urban Wood Utilization in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, 19. Minneapolis, MN: Dovetail Partners, Inc.
  • Hwang, W. H., P. E. Wiseman, and V. A. Thomas. 2017. Enhancing the energy conservation benefits of shade trees in dense residential developments using an alternative tree placement strategy. Landscape and Urban Planning 158: 62-74.
  • Blood, A., G. Starr, F. J. Escobedo, A. Chappelka, P. E. Wiseman, R. Sivakumar, and C. L. Staudhammer. 2016. Resolving uncertainties in predictive equations for urban tree crown characteristics of the southeastern United States: Local and general equations for common and widespread species. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 20: 282-294.
  • Hwang, W. H., P. E. Wiseman, and V. A. Thomas. 2016. Simulation of shade tree effects on residential energy consumption in four U.S. cities. Cities and the Environment (CATE) 9(1): 23.
  • Siriwardena, S.D., K.J. Boyle, T.P. Holmes, and P.E. Wiseman. 2016. The implicit value of tree cover in the U.S.: A meta-analysis of hedonic property value studies. Ecological Economics 128: 68-76.
  • 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 

  • Wiseman, P. E., and S. D. Day. 2018. Greening the city: are we bringing foresters to the table? The Forestry Source 23 (6):12-13.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Getting to know urban forests and urban forestry. Virginia Forests Magazine 72(2): 4-12.
  • Koci, J. and P.E. Wiseman. 2014. Hiring an arborist to care for your landscape trees. ANR-131NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Blacksburg, VA, p. 5.
  • Wiseman, P.E., Grisso, R., Walker, M.A., 2014. ENERGY SERIES: What about landscaping and energy efficiency? BSE-145NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Blacksburg, VA, p. 10.
  • Wiseman, P.E., 2014. Urban forests - they're not just for the big city. Virginia Forest Landowner Update 28(2), 1+.
  • Close, D., Wiseman, P., Gugercin, S., 2014. Emerald Ash Borer. HORT-69NP, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Blacksburg, VA, p. 150.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2013. Sustainability practices in arboriculture. Tree Care Industry Magazine 24(7): 8-12.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2013. Virginia’s street trees. Engagement Matters 6(1):5-6.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2012. Collegiate arboriculture education: charting a path into the future. Arborist News 21: 32–33.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2012. Getting to know ANSI A300 Part 9: Tree Risk Assessment. Tree Care Industry Magazine 23(3): 10-15.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2011. Virginia Tech Faculty and Staff Partner with Volunteer Arborists to Protect the Alwood Bur Oak. In: Engagement Matters - A Natural Resources Extension and Outreach Publication from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment 4(1):4.
  • Wiseman, P. E., and J. A. McGee. 2010. Taking stock: assessing urban forests to inform policy and management. Virginia Forests 65(4):4–7.
  • Day, S. D., and P. E. Wiseman. (2009). At the root of it. Arborist News 18(6):20–22.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2009. Urban forestry students assist Radford, Virginia with street tree assessment. Engagement Matters—A Natural Resources Extension and Outreach Publication from Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment 1(5):1+.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2009. Society of American Foresters’ specialized accreditation for urban forestry academic programs. Arboriculture Research and Education Academy Quarterly Newsletter. Spring 2009.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2009. Teaching and learning about tree preservation. Arboriculture Research and Education Academy Quarterly Newsletter. Winter 2009.
  • Wiseman, P.E. 2007. Integrated pest management: IPM concepts. Arborist News 16(6):12-18.
  • Wiseman, P.E. 2008. Integrated pest management: IPM tactics. Arborist News 17(1):12-17.
  • Wiseman, P.E. 2007. Geospatial applications in urban forestry: a case study of the Virginia Tech campus. The Virginia Geospatial Newsletter 5(3):1+.
  • Kirwan, J.L. and P.E. Wiseman. 2006. Do we really value urban and community trees? Virginia Forests 62(1):10-14.

Recent Research Presentations  

  • Wiseman, P. 2019. Applications of i-Tree tools in higher education and outreach in Virginia. Global i-Tree Science & Users Symposium. Syracuse, NY.
  • Hwang, W., and P. Wiseman. A comparison of geospatial methods for tree canopy assessment: A case study of an urbanized college campus. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • O'Herrin, K., P. Wiseman, and S. Day. 2018. Understanding the non-arborists and nonurban foresters who manage urban forests. Society of American Foresters National Convention. Portland, OR.
  • Stewart, P., and P. Wiseman. 2018. Assessing urban outcomes of Virginia's emerald ash borer treatment program. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference. Columbus, OH.
  • Wiseman, P., K. O'Herrin, G. Dahle, S. Day, J. Sullivan, and J. Koci. 2018. Urban Forestry 2020: Insights into professionalism, higher education, and career advancement. Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources. Nacogdoches, TX.
  • Wiseman, P., K. O'Herrin, R. Hauer, B. Orrick, P. Ries, and D. Sivyer. 2017. Careers paths in urban forestry and arboriculture: linking higher education and professional advancement. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Grieve, A. and E. Wiseman. 2016. Street Trees as a Useable Source of Timber: A Cased Study in Washington, DC. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference and Trade Show. Fort Worth, TX. August 17th.
  • Siriwardena, S., K. Boyle, T. Holmes, and E. Wiseman. 2016. The Amenity Value of Residential Trees: A Meta-Analysis of Hedonic Property Value Studies. Meeting of the International Society of Forest Resource Economics. Raleigh, NC. April 5th.    
  • Siriwardena, S., K. Boyle, T. Holmes, and E. Wiseman. 2016. The Implicit Value of Tree Cover in the US: A Meta-Analysis of Hedonic Property Value Studies. Meeting of the International Society of Forest Resource Economics. IAHS World Congress on Housing. Albufeira, Portugal. September 13th.
  • 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.


Recent Outreach Presentations 

  • Wiseman, P. 2019. Urban wood utilization: What we’re learning through research and outreach in Virginia. International Society of Arboriculture Southern Conference. Mobile, AL.
  • Wiseman, P. 2018. Industry pruning standards and tips on pruning practices for sustainable landscapes. Virginia Turf Council Field Day. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2018. An introduction to landscape tree liability and the basic practices of tree risk assessment. Virginia Master Gardener College. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2018. Understanding our urban forest assets: Methods of tree inventory and urban tree canopy analysis. Virginia Master Gardener College. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2018. The Virginia big tree program: Sharing stories of arboreal giants. Virginia Department of Forestry All-Agency Meeting. Charlottesville, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2018. Storm-resilient urban forests: The role of species selection and maintenance pruning. Southern Regional Extension Forestry Webinar. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2017. Careers in arboriculture and urban forestry: Linking higher education and professional advancement. Tennessee Urban Forestry Conference. Knoxville, TN.
  • Wiseman. P. 2017. Small tree and utility friendly arboreta on Plants Map website. Plants Map Webinar. Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. 2017. Practices and perceptions of urban forest waste generation and utilization in Virginia. Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Forum. Charlottesville, VA.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2017. Utility Compatible Trees and the Utility Line Arboreta. Hahn Horticulture Garden Lunch and Learn. Blacksburg, VA. June 21st.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Virginia Big Tree Program: Sharing Stories of Arboreal Giants. Waynesboro Tree Workshop. Waynesboro, VA. September 16th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Understanding Urban Forests and their Role in Community Viability. Virginia Chapter of American Planning Association Annual Conference. Nelson Co., VA. July 18th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Fire Wise Landscaping. Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture Dayz. Front Royal, VA. March 7th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Computer Programs that Aid in Urban Forest Management. Virginia Cooperative Extension Horticulture Dayz. Front Royal, VA. March 7th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2016. Shade Trees and Building Energy Conservation: Right Tree, Right Place. Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course. Virginia Beach, VA. January 21st.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2015. Urban Wood Utilization for a Healthy Community. Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference. Savannah, GA. November 4th.
  • Wiseman, P. E. 2015. Trees in the City: Ten Things That Everyone Should Know About Urban Forests. 28th Annual Master Gardeners College. Blacksburg, VA. June 27th.


Invited Poster Presentations

  • O'Herrin, S. Day, and E. Wiseman. 2016. Student Perceptions of Urban Forestry as a Career Path. International Society of Arboriculture Annual Conference and Trade Show. Fort Worth, TX. August 15th.
  • O'Herrin, S. Day, E. Wiseman, and W. Hwang. 2016. Identifying a Career Ladder in Urban Forestry by Analyzing Job Postings. Society of American Foresters National Convention. Madison, WI. November 2nd.
  • 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.
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence. 2019. Academy of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award. 2019. College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia Tech.
  • Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education. 2016. International Society of Arboriculture.
  • 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.