Dr. Edward Gilman received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1980 in forest plant pathology. He has been on the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville since 1986 as professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department.
Dr. Gilman conducts research and educational programs in tree selection, urban design, nursery production, and urban tree management nation-wide for arborists, landscape architects, plant growers, and contractors. He serves the landscape industry and allied professions through an applied research and education program. His research emphasizes the effects of nursery production method on tree quality, tree establishment rate, water requirements after transplanting, and tree pruning and stability. He has published more than 200 technical articles in journals and trade magazines and annually presents research results to colleagues at professional meetings. He is the author of six books and many horticultural CD-ROMs and enjoys life in Gainesville Florida, where he and his wife Betsy raised their two children.
His numerous awards include:
- Three awards from the American Society for Horticultural Science for his extension education programs and books,
- Two from the Florida Nursery and Growers Association for his contribution to the growers including 2003 Educator of the year,
- Two from the Florida urban forestry council for his educational efforts in urban forestry and arboriculture,
- The Authors Citation Award in 1999, and
- The Educators award in 2003, and
- The Richard Harris Researcher Award in 2007 from the International Society of Arboriculture
- The Gunlogson Award in 2001 from the American Horticultural Society for development of electronic based horticulture information.
In addition to teaching throughout the US since 1978, Dr. Gilman has taught in seven countries. He has assembled a unique urban tree teaching program for helping municipalities, contractors, arborists, educators, landscapers, and others design and implement programs for promoting better tree health in cities.