Scientific Staff

Marvin Lo

Research Assistant II, Arboriculture

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Marvin is helping the Arboretum study the effects of transplanting on physiological responses and survival rate of large bare-root deciduous trees.

As a research assistant, Marvin investigates altering root systems of young trees, with the goal of increasing transplantability and survival in urban landscapes.

In the research arboriculture lab, he studies tree biomechanics and current arboricultural practices using methods such as 3D modeling or data acquisition using various engineering principles. Outside of the lab, Marvin cultivates his interests in the conservation and restoration of endangered native plants.

Marvin has been involved with many projects throughout his career at the Arboretum. Most notable is the collaboration between the Morton Arboretum, NASA, and other scientists on a biomechanics study using digital photogrammetry to measure trees.

Marvin has also recently been accredited as an ISA-certified arborist.


BS, Biology

University of Illinois
Chicago, IL