Peter Del Tredici

Peter Del Tredici holds a B.A. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley (1968), a M.A. in Biology from the University of Oregon (1969), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Boston University (1991). In 2014, he retired from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, where he had worked for 35 years as Plant Propagator, Editor of Arnoldia, Director of Living Collections, and Senior Research Scientist.

Del Tredici is an Associate Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he has been teaching since 1992. In 2013 he was awarded the Veitch Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society “in recognition of services given in the advancement of the science and practice of horticulture.” He has worked on numerous aspects of botany, horticulture and ecology over the past forty years. His interests are wide ranging and include such subjects as plant exploration in China, the root systems of woody plants, the natural and cultural history of the Ginkgo tree, and most recently urban ecology and vegetation, which is the subject of the recent book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell University Press, 2010). He has lectured widely in North America and Europe and has authored more than 130 scientific and popular articles.