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Dr. Kim D. Coder

Professor of Tree Biology & Health Care
University Hill Fellow for Distinguished Public Service & Outreach

Elected world President of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), past President of the Southern Chapter of ISA (9 states), past President of the international Arboriculture Research &
Education Academy (AREA), and founding member and past President of the Georgia Urban Forest Council.

Appointed to the USDA-Secretary’s NUCFAC (National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council), advising on urban and community forestry issues representing the nation's educational institutions.

First person to receive four of ISA’s competitive world awards – the Shigo, Harris, Lilly, and Merit awards.

Granted the Arbor Day Foundation’s highest award -- the J. Sterling Morton award.

Author of over 500 technical publications and articles.

International lecturer and consultant to private citizens, corporations, attorneys, and communities
on tree biology & health care, tree risk, tree appraisal, abiotic tree stress, lightning & tree protection, storm damage, biomechanics, climate change & trees, and community forest ecology.


Outreach programming and educational product development in tree health care, technical arboriculture, abiotic tree & site stress, tree morphology, taxonomy & physiology, tree biology, lightning & tree protection, storm damage & risk assessment, tree biomechanics / structural mechanics, tree risks and hazards, tree appraisal & asset assessment, essential element diagnosis & life-staged based fertilization, climate change & tree impacts, and community forest ecology.

  • PhD, Forest Ecology, Iowa State University
  • MS, Tree Physiology, Iowa State University
  • BS, Forest Management, Iowa State University

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