Current Research Projects

Current projects include a broad range of research from sequencing the chestnut genome to field trials of biomass energy tree crops. These projects are externally funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Agriculture, The Forest Health Initiative, the US Forest Service and the Northeast Sun Grant Initiative.

Comparative Genomics of Environmental Stress Responses in North American Hardwoods.  NSF Plant Genome Research Program, award IOS-1025974. Investigators: John Carlson (PI), Haiying Liang (Clemson), Jeanne Romero-Severson (Notre Dame), Mark Coggeshall (Missouri), Scott Schlarbaum (Tennessee), Oliver Gailing (Michigan Tech), and Ketia Shumaker (West Alabama).  Please visit the Hardwood Genomics Project website for updates at .

The Northeast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program, Project Director: Tom Richard, Award No. 2012-68005-19703. For updates on the project, please visit the project page at

Chestnut Genome Resources and Tools.  Forest Health Initiative, award # 137RFP#2008-011.  Investigators: John Carlson (PI), Stephan Schuster and Webb Miller.  For updates on the project, please visit genomics page at the Forest Health Initiative website at .