New Schatz Center Director Arrives

August 18, 2021

The Schatz Center and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management welcome the new Director of the Schatz Center Dr. Jill Hamilton. Dr. Hamilton's areas of expertise include Population Genomics, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Evolution, Quantitative Genetics, Climate Change and Ex Situ Conservation.

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

July 1, 2021

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.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra) Genome released at Phytozome

June 14, 2021

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 (

Joshua Gershey awarded first place at Undergrad Research Expo

May 8, 2021

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.

Emerging Principles of Tree Biology Webinar

December 12, 2020

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

Chestnut Genome Published

August 25, 2020

Dr. Carlson and colleagues have published the first reference genome sequence for chestnut. The genome for Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) provides a platform for research into the genetic basis of adaptive traits in chestnut species, including chestnut blight-resistance.

Faidherbia albida genetic diversity paper published

July 31, 2020

Just published - Paper in African Journal of Biotechnology by Schatz Center Visiting Scientist and Fulbright Scholar Dr. Dorothy Tchatchoua, of the University of Maroua, on her project with us on genetic diversity in white acacia.

Schatz Center Director selected for prestigious Mercator Fellowship

November 12, 2019

John Carlson, Director of the Schatz Center and Professor of Molecular Genetics in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was named a Mercator Fellow and Visiting Professor at Georg-August University of Göttingen in Germany.

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