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.

Faculty

Dr. Andrew DeWoody
Population genetics, molecular ecology and evolution

Dr. Shaneka Lawson​
​Introduction and development of NextGeneration 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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Purdue centers seek to support and enhance the research and partnership enterprise at Purdue University. The centers are valued and encouraged at Purdue as they create a venue for faculty to come together to pursue common goals. Forestry and Natural Resources have faculty and staff involved in six centers here at the University.

The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources maintains an impressive collection of state-of-the-art research and education facilities. These labs, green houses, and educational facilities are a fundamental component that enables our faculty and students to learn, make new discoveries, and engage our clients in using these discoveries to sustain our nation’s ecosystems and natural resources.​

The mission of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is to develop and disseminate knowledge in the natural resource sciences associated with the protection, management, and sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. One way the department accomplishes our mission is by owning and managing 24 properties located throughout the state to provide opportunities for research, extension, and education that achieves sustainable use of our natural resources.