Lab Examining a Feather


Molecular as well as analytical methods are applied to a variety of genetic questions (e.g., genetic diversity, relatedness, heritability) in both natural and captive populations. A variety of plants and animals are studied in modern laboratory facilities that are enhanced by departmental field sites.


  • Andrew DeWoody
    • ​Population genetics, molecular ecology and evolution
  • ​Richard Meilan
    • Hardwood Ecosystem Specialist
  • Shaneka Lawson​
    • ​Introduction and development of NextGeneration Sequencing (NGS) protocols to evaluate gene expression variability in responses of trees to climate change
  • Paula Pijut
    • Plant cell, tissue, and organ culture of hardwood tree species, genetic modification, vegetative propagation
  • Rod Williams
    • Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles,​​ education and outreach, genetics
  • Keith Woeste
    • Hardwood tree genetics, forest tree breeding & crop improvement, dispersal & gene flow in walnut and cherry


Graduate Areas of Specialization
  • Wildlife Genetics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • Forest Genetics
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Toxicogenomics

Graduate students work with their major professor and advisory committee to develop a plan of study that is customized to their individual needs.

Lab Links To the Graduate Student page


Undergraduate students work with faculty and staff in the Office of Student Services to select courses that fulfill their interests and requirements of their major.

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