Kristina BezansonKristina Bezanson

Lecturer in Arboriculture and Urban Forestry


Office: 119 Holdsworth Hall

Phone: 413-545-6626


Graduate certificate. 2018. The George Washington University, Sustainable Landscapes 

M.S. 2008. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Horticulture. 

B.F.A. 1986. Massachusetts College of Art, Photography.

UMass Employment

Lecturer. University of Massachusetts, Department of Environmental Conservation, Amherst, MA. September 2018 to present. 

UMass Teaching 

Principals of Arboriculture (NRC 232, 3 credits) Fall Semester 

Commercial Arboriculture (NRC 305, 3 credits) Fall Semester 

Arboriculture Internship Practicum (NRC 198Y, 4 credits) Spring Semester 

Arboriculture & Community Forest Seminar (NRC 191A, 2 credits) Spring Semester 


UMass Highlights 

Management of the undergraduate program in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, including advising students; student recruiting on and off campus. 

Advisory board chair for new online program committee Spring 2019. 

Co-chair for Spring Arboriculture Career and Education Fair, Spring 2019 

Market program with, attending conferences, MA Tree Wardens and CT Tree Wardens, 2019. 

Post Social Media, Facebook and Instagram pages. 2018 

Non-UMass highlights 

Presidential Appointee, Board of New England ISA, 2018. 

Assistant Proctor, ISA exam at Elm Bank, Wesley, MA. 2018. 

Volunteer Score Keeper, North American Tree Climbing Competition, Providence, RI, 2018. 

Volunteer tree worker, Saluting Branches, Bourne, MA 2018. 

City of Chesapeake, Environmental Advisor, Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, 2018. 

Virginia Tech, Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Advisory Council, Educational committee member, 2017-2018. 

The Elizabeth River Project, Eastern Branch Advisory Council, Citizen committee member and volunteer for living shoreline projects. 2016- 2018. 

The Mid Atlantic Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture| 2006 – 2018. 

MAC-ISA 2017 Award of Merit for work on Dr. Bonnie Appleton Memorial Scholarship. 

Committee member for 2017 ISA International Meeting in Washington, DC., Under the Canopy. 

Co-Chair 2006 Field Day for 300+ participants –Coordinated speakers, demonstrations, vendors. 

Team Captain for the STIHL Tour des Trees. Bicycle rider years; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017. 

Tree Fund, Liaison for MAC-ISA – 2015 -2017. 

Virginia Urban Forest Council, Trees Virginia, President 2012-2015. Board member in the municipal arborist, educational seats, 2014 -2011. 

Off-campus Lectures 

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Workshop, Virginia Beach, VA, 2017 

Lecture: Native Plant Communities 

Lecture: Soil Texture 

Tree Care Symposium Getting to Big Trees: Practices for Life Stages, Richmond, VA, 2016 

Lecture: Tree Selection for Home Landscapes 

Virginia Turf Grass Council, Come to the Bay, Virginia Beach, VA, 2015 

Lecture: Tree Selection for Hampton Roads 

Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course, Newport News, VA, 2014 

Lecture: Tree Identification and Why It Matters 

Professional Memberships 

International Society of Arboriculture 

Arboriculture Research and Education Academy 

New England Chapter of ISA 

Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters 

Massachusetts Arborist Association 

Society of Municipal Arborists 

Arnold Arboretum 

Tower Hill Botanical Garden 

Massachusetts Horticultural Society 

New England Wildflower Society 

Ecological Landscape Alliance

Utility Arborist Association