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The Cronn Lab is a part of the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station located in Corvallis, Oregon.


The Plant Genetics and Silviculture Team studies the genetic structure and basis of adaptation in plants distributed across forested lands in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. (Alaska, Oregon and Washington). Our molecular lab uses genotyping and genomics approaches to map the distribution of geographic genetic variation as part of our continuing effort to identify genetic and gene expression responses to weather and climate, both of which play an important role in local adaptation.


  • Feb-2010: More genomes! Whittall et al., "Finding a (pine) needle in a haystack: chloroplast genome sequence divergence in rare and widespread pines." Mol Ecol 2010 Feb; 19(s1): 100-114.
  • Feb-2010: The Western Transcriptome "RNASeq-apalooza I" RNA prep party was a success. Groups from USFS Pacific Southwest Station, Pacific Northwest Station, and UC-Berkeley prepared RNA-Seq libraries for Sugar Pine, Tan Oak and Douglas-fir. The effort yielded 4.5 Gbp of data!
  • Dec-2009: 37 genomes! Parks et al., "Increasing phylogenetic resolution at low taxonomic levels using massively parallel sequencing of chloroplast genomes." BMC Biol 2009; 7 84. See commentary, "Christmas Tree asks 'Who's my Daddy?",

Contact Information

Richard Cronn
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Northwest Research Station
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331