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Our lab is located at the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station 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.


  • Sep-2012: The tree lab visits conifers in Alaska. Geneticists manage to stay off the front page; bears not so lucky.
Sometimes, genomics research is a bit monotonous. Other times...


  • Aug-2010: "An introduction to next-generation sequencing". This all-day workshop was held at the 2010 and 2012 Botanical Society of America Meeting. Information can be found in the Short_read_toolbox" archive at
  • 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