Ph.D. in Plant Pathology (Rutgers Univ.), 1980
M.S. in Plant Pathology (Rutgers Univ.), 1978
B.Sci. in Forestry (Rutgers Univ.), 1975
Ed Gilman has a 50% research: 50% extension teaching
assignment and teaches an arboriculture class. He
works with arborists, consultants, landscape contractors,
tree nursery operators, urban foresters, planners,
landscape architects and others engaged in tree selection,
growing, planting and management issues. Research
includes irrigation, fertilization, roots, and other
tree transplant and after-care techniques and a recent
focus on tree response to pruning. Our team provides
service to the industry and to citizens in Florida
by incorporating this and other research-based information
into educational programs, demonstration sites, publications,
websites, and software for our target audiences.
Details of Some Current Research Interests: Research
is directed toward tree and shrub production practices
and their impact on the rate of establishment in the
landscape. Production practices include pruning strategies,
irrigation amount and frequency, fertilizer placement
and source and rate, root pruning of field-grown trees,
and non-traditional container shapes and practices.
Major focuses include root morphology in response
to the environment, root growth and water stress after
planting, and evaluation and modeling of the factors
that influence rate of tree establishment in the landscape.
The impact of landscape tree pruning on tree biology
and response is a growing part of my research and
education since the late 1990s.