James Kielbaso

Professor Emeritus, Urban Forestry and Arboriculture

James Kielbaso


117 Natural Resources Building

Study Abroad

Brazil - Biodiversity, Ecosystem Protection and Management held summer semesters 2001-2004

Research Interests

Amelioration of heavily compacted soils; soil and planting. Improvements on heavy clay soil; status of street trees nationally; management practices of U.S. urban foresters; urban tree nitrogen fertilizer comparison; dogwood genetic differences; Diplodia-resistant Austrian pine; social attitudes toward neighborhood trees; Herbicide use by U.S. utilities.

Activities and Awards

  • President of International Society of Arboriculture-1994.
  • Joint appointee in Urban Studies Program.
  • Urban forestry extension.
  • ANR Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award-1991.
  • ISA Award for Arboricultural Research-1984.
  • ISA Author’s Citation-1979.

Programs and Grants

  • Monitoring the growth and development of urban forests over time in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Bowling Green, Ohio (American Forestry Association, U.S. Forest Service National Urban Forest Inventory Project)
  • Michigan street tree conditions - A 20 city study
  • Development planning for an urban forestry nature center (MSU Foundation)

Selected Publications

Kielbaso, J.J. 1995. The urban environment and the tree. Proceedings: The First Italian Conference on the Tree in the City. L’Albero in Citta Prime Giornate Internazionali Meranesi: 37-50. Merano, Italy. April. 4-6, 1995.

Kielbaso, J.J. 1994. Urban forestry - the international situation. Anais: II Congresso Brasileiro de Arborizacao Urbana: 3-12. Sao Luis, Brazil. September 18-24, 1994.

Heatley, R.C., J.J. Kielbaso and G.S. Howell. 1994. Environmental adaptation and ornamental display of Cornus florida ecotypes. JOA 20(6): 305-309.

Kielbaso, J.J., M.N. de Araujo, A.J. de Araujo, and W.N. Cannon. 1993. Monitoring the growth and development of urban forests in Bowling Green, Ohio and Lincoln, Nebraska. Submitted. American Forests National Urban Forest Inventory.

Kielbaso, J.J. and T.S. Bynum. 1993. Exploration of an urban forestry/juvenile justice model for adjudicated youth. Department of Forestry and School of Criminal Justice. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI.

Kielbaso, J.J. 1993. Trees need love too. First Canadian Urban Forests Conference. May. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Kielbaso, J.J. 1993. Urban forestry and quality of life in cities. First Panamerican Forestry Conference. Sept. Curitiba, Brasil.

Sampson, R.N., G.A. Moll, and J.J. Kielbaso. 1992. Opportunities to increase urban forests and the potential impacts on carbon storage and conservation. pp. 51-72. Cpt. 5 in: Forests and Global Change. (R.N. Sampson and D. Hair, eds.). American Forests, Washington, DC.

Wu, Z., S. Jamieson, and J. Kielbaso. 1991. Urban forest pest management. J. of Arboriculture 17(6):150-158.

Kielbaso, J. James and Vincent Cotrone. 1989. The state of the urban forest. Proceedings of Fourth Urban Forestry Conference. St. Louis 1989. p. 11-18.

Kielbaso, J.J., B. Beauchamp, K. Larison and C. Randall. 1988. “Trends in Urban Forestry Management”, Baseline Data Report, Vol 20, NO. 1. (Washington, D.C.: International City Management Assoc., Jan/Feb 1988).

Smiley, E.T., J.J. Kielbaso and P.V. Nguyen. 1986. Soil factors associated with manganese deficiency of urban sugar and red maples. Journal of Arboriculture. 12(7): 169-173.