Research - Genetics

Applying advanced molecular and analytical methods to a variety of genetic questions (e.g., genetics diversity, relatedness, heritability) in populations of important wildlife and tree species.


Dr. Andrew DeWoody
Population genetics, molecular ecology and evolution

Dr. Shaneka Lawson​
​Introduction and development of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) protocols to evaluate gene expression variability in responses of trees to climate change

Dr. ​Rod Williams
Ecology and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, education and outreach, genetics

Dr. Keith Woeste
Hardwood tree genetics, forest tree breeding & crop improvement, dispersal & gene flow in walnut and cherry

Areas of Specialization

  • Wildlife Genetics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • Forest Genetics
  • Ecological Genetics
  • Toxicogenomics

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See Our Genetics Research Stories

A scientists dips a tube of petunia petals into liquid nitrogen to freeze it for tissue harvest.
Stop and smell the volatile secondary metabolites

As Ying Li steps through the door, Natalia Dudareva stops mid-sentence to spin around and meet...

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A buck stands in the snow
Research from DeWoody Lab Aims to Use DNA to Age Wildlife

Dr. Andrew DeWoody and his team will look to determine age of wildlife through DNA degradation...

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A weather station at Martell Forest, an American marten, alumna Zoe Alameida, a long-tailed salamander
FNR Year in Review 2022: The Research and Outreach

In this segment of the FNR 2022 Year in Review, we take a look at the research advances,...

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A map of trees of the world and a photo  of black vultures eating
2021 Year in Review: The Research

Despite challenges due to COVID-19 limitations, research and outreach continued in Forestry and...

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Avian Genome Sequences
Genome Sequences Can Help Prioritize Avian Conservation

Purdue FNR affiliated researchers compiled whole genome sequences, habitat availability data and...

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Montezuma Quail
Researchers Study Genetic Diversity in Montezuma Quail Populations

Recent publications by professor of genetics. J. Andrew DeWoody and former graduate student...

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