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Recipients of the 2013 ISA Awards of Distinction


ISA Awards of Distinction Sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts

The ISA Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, are the highest honors presented by ISA. During the annual nomination period, nominations are submitted by ISA members and industry professionals for nine different award categories. The entries are reviewed by the ISA Awards Committee and approved by the ISA Board of Directors. Each year, the award recipients are honored during the Opening Ceremony of the ISA Annual International Conference.


Gregory S. Daniels

Award of Merit

Gregory S. Daniels

The highest honor ISA grants to its membership is the Award of Merit for outstanding service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture. This year we recognize Gregory S. Daniels.

After beginning his career in the family tree care business, Greg Daniels joined Bartlett Tree Experts in 1975. From his first job as a local manager to the office of President and COO, Daniel’s nearly forty-year commitment has focused on research, education, and continuous learning. He is currently Vice Chairman and Chief Business Development Officer of Bartlett Tree Experts in Stamford, Connecticut.

As a trustee of the Bartlett Tree Foundation, Daniels believes in mentoring the next generation and offering financial support to students pursuing a career in arboriculture. Though he often works behind-the-scenes, he willingly shares his knowledge with others. ISA is proud to recognize Greg Daniels with ISA’s highest honor, the 2013 Award of Merit.

Watch the video about Greg Daniels that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.


James Urban

Award of Achievement

James Urban

James Urban has been named the 2013 recipient of ISA’s Award of Achievement. He is a leading voice in landscape architecture for the arboriculture industry. Urban Trees and Soils, his consulting firm in Annapolis, Maryland, assists landscape architects in tree planting, tree preservation, specifications, and soil design.

Jim Urban is known for developing structural cells and planting soils for use under pavement, and for promoting improved skills among landscape architects in the design of tree planting sites in difficult urban soils. His book, Up By Roots, is a study on principle tree and soil references from a planning and design perspective. Its impact has opened many doors for arborists and helped influence the advancement of ISA and its mission.

Watch the video about Jim Urban that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.


Daniel A. Herms

R.W. Harris Author’s Citation

Daniel A. Herms

Dr. Daniel Herms’ passion for tree care led him to a career in research and writing to guide arborists, fellow scientists, and students in arboriculture and urban forestry. Currently a professor and chair in The Ohio State University Department of Entomology, his research is dedicated to understanding insect and woody plant interactions and their implications for pest management.

Dr. Herms has written more than 200 publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. His work involving the emerald ash borer and the development of EAB–resistant trees is believed to hold great promise for the future of our urban forest.

In recognition of his contributions, ISA honors Dr. Herms with the 2013 R.W. Harris Author’s Citation. Watch the video about Dan Herms that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.


Dr. Mark Johnston

Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education

Dr. Mark Johnston

Dr. Mark Johnston has worked as a contractor, consultant, tree officer, and college professor to connect people with trees in schools and communities throughout Britain and Ireland. He is currently a research fellow in arboriculture and urban forestry at Myerscough College, the national center for arboricultural education in Lancashire, England.

Dr. Johnston developed and led Myerscough’s Master of Science program in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, the only post-graduate course of its kind in Europe. His classes feature Shigo’s books, videos, and research, which have greatly influenced Johnston and the thousands of students he’s taught over the years. ISA is pleased to award Dr. Johnston the Alex L. Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education.

Watch the video about Dr. Johnston that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.


Cecil C. Konijnendijk

L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research

Cecil C. Konijnendijk

Cecil C. Konijnendijk von den Bosch of Lund, Sweden, is fascinated by the ways people experience trees, and focuses his research on the interactions of urban trees, urban forests, and people. He has researched and written more than 200 scientific articles on urban greenbelt planning, development, and management throughout Europe. He was an editor of Urban Forests and Trees, the first European textbook on urban forestry, and also helped launch the scientific journal, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Konijnendijk heads the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is also a professor of green space management at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. ISA is pleased to recognize Konijnendijk with the L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research.

Watch the video about Dr. Konijnendijk that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.