Professor of Commercial Arboriculture
MA Arborists Association
214 Holdsworth
Email: bkane

Curriculum vitae
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Primary interests & Current Projects

Interested students should feel free to contact me about helping out with research projects. I have lots of work to do, and can always use some help!

Tree risk and structure analysis: determining risk of failure from structural defects and understanding how arboricultural practices such as pruning reduce the risk of failure (

Tree worker safety:  assessing climbing gear and techniques adapted from other high angle rope disciplines (

Urban tree growth:  measuring the post-planting growth of street trees.

Current Student Research Projects

  • The effect of pruning on sway response of Khaya senegalensis in Singapore (Dan Burcham, PhD)
  • Sway response of cabled trees (Mark Reiland, PhD)

Courses Taught

  • NRC 213 Arboriculture Field Techniques III
  • NRC 290C Trees & Sustainability
  • NRC 305 Commercial Arboriculture

  • NRC 590A Advanced Arboriculture

Recent Refereed Publications

Kane, B. 2018. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 34:78-84.

Kabir, E. S. Guikema, B. Kane. 2018. Reliability Engineering and System Safety 177:68-79.

Kane, B. 2018. Trees – Structure & Function 32:985-1000.

Centrangolo, I., S.R. Arwade, and B. Kane. 2018. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 30:124-131.

Kane, B. 2017. Italus Hortus 24:23-31.

Kane, B. 2017. Pruning. Chapter 27 In: Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Ferrini, F., C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, and A. Fini (Eds.). Taylor & Francis, NY, NY.

Sherman, A.R., Kane, B., Autio, W.A., Harris, J.R. and Ryan, H.D.P., 2016. Establishment period of street trees growing in the Boston, MA metropolitan area. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 19, pp.95-102.

Harris, J.R., Day, S.D. and Kane, B., 2016. Growth and stability of deep planted red maple and northern red oak trees and the efficacy of root collar excavations. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 18, pp.19-24.

Kane et al. 2015. A broad scale analysis of tree risk, mitigation and potential habitat for cavity-nesting birds. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Reiland et al. 2015.  The effect of cables and leaves on the dynamic properties of red oak (Quercus rubra) with co-dominant stems. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Kane. 2014. Determining parameters related to the likelihood of failure of red oak (Quercus rubra L.) from winching tests. Trees Structure & Function. Watch a video of the project:

Kane and Finn. 2014. Factors affecting branch failures in open-grown trees during a snowstorm in Massachusetts, USA. SpringerPlus.

Ciftci et al. 2014. Analysis of the probability of failure for open-grown trees during wind storms. Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics.

Kane and Autio. 2014. Installing cables did not affect annual radial increment in co-dominant stems of red oaks. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.

Ciftci et al. 2013. Loss in moment capacity of tree stems induced by decay. Trees–Structure & Function.

Kane et al. 2013. Effects of crown structure on the sway characteristics of large decurrent trees. Trees–Structure & Function.

Ciftci et al. 2013.  The effect of crown architecture on dynamic amplification factor of an open-grown sugar maple (Acer saccharum L.). Trees–Structure & Function.

Kane, B. 2012. Breaking load of ropes and hitches used in rigging. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

Kane, B. 2011. Compatibility of toothed ascenders with arborist climbing ropes. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. Watch a video of the project:

Kane et al. 2010.Impact force and rope tension affect likelihood of cutting a climbing rope with a handsaw Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. Watch a video of the project:

Pavlis et al. 2008. The effect of pruning on drag-induced bending moments. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:

Kane et al. 2008. Crown reconfiguration and trunk stress in deciduous trees. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.  Brochure in pdf

Kane and Clouston. 2008. Tree Pulling Tests of Large Shade Trees in the Genus Acer. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.  Watch a video of the project:

Professional Achievements

ISA Board of Directors 2013-2016
ISA Alex L. Shigo Award 2014
ISA Early Career Scientist Award 2011
Chair, ISA Science & Research Committee 2011-2013
TCIA Safety Award 2009

Careers in Arboriculture

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