Will Drews, a master’s student studying environmental science in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington, has embarked on a monumental project: to inventory all the trees on campus.
An environmental-quality and land-use intern in the Office of Sustainability, Drews tracks data, such as the species and condition of trees, which will be used by the University Architect’s Office, Campus Division, Office of Sustainability and IU classes in the future. Drews also collects data that is critical in IU’s effort to combat the effects of Emerald Ash Borer, a type of beetle that feeds on the inner bark of ash trees.
“IU had around 140 of its ash trees treated for Emerald Ash Borer,” explained Drews. “We wanted to mark the trees and see how the treatment is working over the next couple years.”
After graduation, Drews hopes to work with a firm conducting environmental research or applied ecology.
Read more of Drews' story in Inside IU Bloomington.