Tom Stapleton is certified arborist with a passion of researching and propagating very rare albino redwoods. He & fellow research colleague Zane Moore have traveled hundreds of miles to search out and document the distribution of these very unique trees. Presently both men know of over 500 various albino sites in and outside of the natural range. Some of Tom’s accomplishments include the successful campaign to save & relocate the world's tallest chimeric redwood known as the Cotati Tree in 2014. He also has been the first to successfully asexual propagate an albino redwood variant known as a chimera in 1997. Chimeric redwoods consisting of two different sets of DNA are extremely rare & only thirty are known to exist in the wild. Tom hopes by propagating these trees in a controlled environment will lead to the definitive causes of albinism in redwoods. His ongoing research in a greenhouse setting has less of an environmental impact than working with albinos in the forest. It also could lead to better interpretation and protection of redwoods in the natural range. Currently Tom is working with botanists and other scientists to better understand the distribution and causes of albinism in redwoods.
In his personal life, Tom is a devout Christian who believes that working with these rare trees is a true blessing from our Creator. Tom gives all the credit of these amazing discoveries to God who lovingly bestows His gifts on those who place their trust in Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.