User:Richard C. Cronn

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Cronn in the field (artistic impression)

Richard Cronn
Pacific Northwest Research Station
USDA Forest Service
3200 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97330 USA

I lead research in the Forest Plant Molecular Genetics lab that is part of the Genetics and Silviculture Team in the Landscape and Watershed Management Program at the PNW Research Station. We're on OpenWetWare to share lab and informatics protocols that are directed primarily at using ultra-high throughput short read sequencers in population genetics and genomics applications.


  • 1997, PhD, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA
  • 1991, MSc, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, USA
  • 1986, BS, Drake University, Des Moines, IA, USA

Research Interests

  • Molecular basis of climatic sensing and adaptation in plants
  • Plant population and landscape genetics
  • Chloroplast genome evolution

A Few Articles That Provide Examples Of Our Research

Note! All articles are available for free download from TreeSearch, the US Forest Service publication server ( )

A SNP resource for Douglas-fir: de novo transcriptome assembly and SNP detection and validation
BMC Genomics 2013, 14:137 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-137
Glenn T Howe, Jianbin Yu, Brian J. Knaus, Rich Cronn, et al.
URL | PDF reprint

Targeted enrichment strategies for next-generation plant biology
American Journal of Botany 2012, 99(2):291-311, doi: 10.3732/ajb.1100356
Rich Cronn, Brian J. Knaus, Aaron Liston, Peter J. Maughan, et al.
URL | PDF reprint

Separating the wheat from the chaff: mitigating the effects of noise in a plastome phylogenomic data set from Pinus
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2012, 12:100, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-100
Matt Parks, Rich Cronn, Aaron Liston URL | PDF reprint

Multiplexed microsatellite recovery using massively parallel sequencing
Molecular Ecology Resources 2011, 11(6):1060-1067, doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03033.x
Tara Jennings, Brian J. Knaus, Thomas D. Mullens, Susan M. Haig, Rich Cronn
URL | PDF reprint

Mitochondrial genome sequences illuminate maternal lineages of conservation concern in a rare carnivore
BMC Ecology 2011, 11:10, doi:10.1186/1472-6785-11-10
Brian J. Knaus, Rich Cronn, Aaron Liston, Kristine Pilgrim, Michael K. Schwartz
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Finding a (pine) needle in a haystack: chloroplast genome sequence divergence in rare and widespread pines
Molecular Ecology 2010, Feb, 19(s1): 100-114, doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04474.x
Justen B. Whittall, John V. Syring, Matt Parks, Jason Buenrostro, Cindy Dick, Aaron Liston, Rich Cronn
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Increasing phylogenetic resolution at low taxonomic levels using massively parallel sequencing of chloroplast genomes
BMC Biology 2009, 7:84, doi:10.1186/1741-7007-7-84
Matt Parks, Rich Cronn, Aaron Liston
URL | PDF reprint

Other Articles, Not Peer Reviewed

Scientists probe genetic component of climate-hardy species
Land Letter April 28, 2011

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