Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

The Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics at Penn State engages in Conservation Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology research and training focused on species restoration and forest ecosystem sustainability. The Schatz Center endowments established through the generosity and foresight of Dr. L. W. Schatz support post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars, undergraduate, and graduate students, a biennial colloquium on tree genetics topics, infrastructure, and a wide array of research initiatives.

Latest News

July 1, 2021

Schatz Center Director retires. New Director to start August 1!

John Carlson, Professor of Molecular Genetics in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and the Department of Plant Science at Pennsylvania State University, retired on June 30, 2021, after serving as the inaugural Director of The L.W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics since 2003. The Schatz Center and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management look forward to welcoming the new director, Dr. Jill Hamilton, on August 1.

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June 14, 2021

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Genome released at Phytozome

The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, in collaboration with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has assembled the genome for the tree species Quercus rubra. The genome was released to the public on June 8, 2021 (

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May 8, 2021

Joshua Gershey awarded first place at Undergrad Research Expo

Joshua Gershey received a first place award at Penn State Undergrad Research Exposition for his poster presentation on combined effects of climate change and competition in black walnut. Josh's research was supported in the Spring 2021 semester by a Schatz Center Undergraduate Research award.

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December 12, 2020

Emerging Principles of Tree Biology Webinar

MDPI hosted a webinar on 3 Dec 2020 to introduce our Special Issue in the Forests journal on "Emerging Principles of Tree Biology in the Omics Era". A recording of the Forests webinar can be viewed at

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