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Chester M Alter Arboretum

About Our Staff


Arborist, Chester M Alter Arboretum
University of Denver
2400 South Race Street
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-4537
Email: [email protected]


A.S. Business Administration (1992), Mohawk Valley C.C., Utica, N.Y.
B.A. Management (1995), Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
B.S. Psychology (1998), S.U.N.Y. Oswego; Oswego, N.Y.


ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist/ Municipal Specialist,
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
Qualified Supervisor Pesticide Applicator's License, Colorado Department of Agriculture

My primary responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of the trees on Campus. Additionally I select and plant trees, design and install small landscape plans and manage our collection.   In my time as Arborist I have diversified and increased the kinds of trees (species, varieties and cultivars) in our collection from 98 to over 250.

I moved to Colorado in 1998 as a student in the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work with the intention of helping people. I soon came to realize how much of an influence one's environment can have on them. After my first year of Graduate work I took a seasonal job in the University's Grounds Department. Two months later I was offered a Full-time position. During this time I was able to see what a positive impact plants and the landscape could have on people. I was then promoted to a Horticultural Technician position and then in 2003 became the University's first Arborist.

My philosophy, as Arborist, is to use plants and the landscape to provide a pleasing experience and positive impact in people's daily lives. I apply this same philosophy, outside of my work at the Arboretum, to the interior environment through my pursuit of several artistic mediums including oil painting, woodturning, photography, sculpture and pottery. I have exhibited throughout Colorado and the U.S., and my work has been collected internationally.