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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, and to identify genetic and gene expression responses to weather and climate that contribute to local adaptation.


10-Feb-2010: Hot off the Press!

Whittall JB, Syring J, Parks M, Buenrostro J, Dick C, Liston A, and Cronn R. Finding a (pine) needle in a haystack: chloroplast genome sequence divergence in rare and widespread pines. Mol Ecol 2010 Feb; 19(s1): 100-114. Special Issue: Next Generation Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04474.

05-Feb-2010: The Western Transcriptome "RNASeq-apalooza" RNA prep party was a wild success. Research groups from the USFS Pacific Southwest Station, Pacific Northwest Station, and UC-Berkeley prepared Illumina RNA-Seq libraries for Sugar Pine (Jessica Wright, PSW-USFS), Tan Oak (Katy Hayden, UC-Berkeley) and Douglas-fir (Eriko Miuira, PSW-USFS). Next task: prepare for the data tsunami!


  1. Paper1 pmid=19954512

See the commentary about this paper ("Christmas Tree asks 'Who's my Daddy?") on YouTube!

Contact Information

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