Chicago Botanic Garden

Plant Collections — Staff

Andrew C. Bell, Ph.D.

Curator, Woody Plants

PHOTO: Andrew BellDr. Andrew C. Bell serves as the Curator of Woody Plants where he is responsible for managing the development of the Garden's tree and shrub collections.

Andrew's work includes evaluating and promoting woody plants for sustainable landscapes and studying the effects of climate change on urban street trees. He is the past co-chair of the Research and Strategy Working Group for the Chicago Trees Initiative, a City of Chicago effort to protect and expand the urban forest. Andrew is Adjunct Associate Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches a course for the Master of Landscape Architecture Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern University where he is currently advising a graduate student who is analyzing genetic diversity within Chicago's urban forest.

Andrew has bachelor's degree in horticulture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in botany from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a doctorate in horticultural science from North Carolina State University.