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Industry Expert Joins Davey Tree as Vice President of Research and Development

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018

Kent, Ohio – The Davey Tree Expert Company is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Herms to vice president of research and development. As one of the premier theoretical and practical tree sciences researchers in our industry, Herms complements the technical quality and capacity of the Davey Institute.

Herms joins the Davey company with more than 30 years of experience and leadership in arboreta and academia.  In 1984, he started his career as the director of pest management at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. In his time at Dow Gardens, he designed their research program, laboratory facilities and managed all Integrated Pest Management programs.  Most recently, Herms served as a professor and chair in the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State University. 

In 2014, Herms was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor received by few scientists nationwide.  He was chosen for “his distinguished research, teaching and outreach contributions to the science and application of tree-insect interactions, including ecology, impact and management.”

The range of Herms’ research promises to grow the green industry and support Davey’s corporate responsibility initiatives.

This includes: the mainstreaming of biological calendar and phenological indicators into applied pest management tools, widely used by the nursery and landscape industries; the incorporation by the tree care industry of work on tree resource allocation patterns and their management implications; practical treatment options for significant pests such as the emerald ash borer; and adaptation of the green industry to climate change, from worker safety during heat events in the southern U.S. to changing pest and plant zones.

“Dan is well known in the green industry for his expertise and ability to translate technical concepts into practical applications. His research on the emerald ash borer led to the development of numerous industry practices that are still being utilized today,” said Greg Ina, executive vice president of the Davey Institute and employee development. “Dan’s decades-long research on how plants allocate and balance their resources between growth and defense has enormous implications on pest management and nutrition programs, central to Davey’s plant health care approach.”

In addition to the AAAS election, Herms also received major recognition for his work including the Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology from the Entomological Society of America and the Richard W. Harris Author’s Citation Award from the International Society of Arboriculture. Davey is proud of this new relationship with Herms, transformational in impact and directly supportive of a science-based approach to arboriculture.   

He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in horticulture and entomology from Ohio State and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in entomology with a specialization in ecology and evolutionary biology.

With more than 9,000 employees throughout North America, The Davey Tree Expert Company provides solutions for residential, utility, commercial and government clients. Rooted in research, the company’s vision is to achieve balance among people, progress and the environment. Tree experts since 1880, Davey provides diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services. Davey is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S. and is headquartered in Kent, Ohio.


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