People

ryan murphy

Ryan L Murphy

Researcher 5

Specialization: Nursery management, plant propagation, and Urban & Community Forestry

Email: [email protected]

Ryan’s Research and Interests: I currently manage the Urban Forestry Outreach & Research (UFOR) group. Our main mission is to support Minnesota's community forests through educational programming such as the MN Certified Tree Inspector Program, Tree Care Advisor, Tree Steward, and Team Tree Youth Engagement. I am also a collaborator on the University of Minnesota Elm Selection Program - a longterm project which seeks to identify native MN survivor elms which may have resistance to Dutch elm disease.

 

Monica Randazzo Headshot

Monica Randazzo

Researcher & Graduate Student

Specialization: Youth education and volunteer engagement 

Email: [email protected]

Monica's Research and Interests:  Monica researches the intersection of environmental education and social movements. She directs the Youth Engagement in Arboriculture program, as well as provides instruction for volunteer outreach programs. 

 

Nick Neylon

Nick Neylon

Researcher 2 & Graduate Student

Specialization: Arboriculture, urban forestry, and landscape design

Email: [email protected]

Nick’s Research and Interests: Nick is a climbing arborist focused on bringing beneficial greenspaces to cities. He teaches tree care, tree planting, and tree climbing with the UFOR Nursery, and collaborates with lab partners on research projects. His interests center around ecological restoration, habitat creation, and native plantings.

 

Molly Codding

Molly Codding

Researcher 5

Specialization: Environmental Health

Email: [email protected]

Molly’s Research and Interests: I manage a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project, which assists communities to increase urban canopy using gravel beds and improve water quality. My past research in community-oriented practice revolved around environmental health, including: food systems, cooperative governance, health impact review and assessment, program evaluation, and state legislative policy. I am passionate about the intersections of environmental stewardship and public health and want to support communities in their pursuit of environmental justice, and climate resilience.

Certifications: Minnesota Certified Tree Inspector, Minnesota Tree Care Advocate

 

Mirae Guenther

Mirae Guenther

Research and Interests: Mirae is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow developing research to better understand how urban hydrology influences tree success and greenspace resilience. Mirae also assists with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) project promoting improved green infrastructure to support urban watersheds. Her interests include environmental justice, water resource conservation, and ecological restoration and resilience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Professor Emeritus: Urban and Community Forestry