The Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics began in 1998 with a gift from alumnus Dr. Louis W. Schatz for a post-doctoral fellowship which expanded into a major research center in 2003 through a generous estate gift to the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management from the estate of Dr. Schatz. The endowments established from these gifts support a wide-variety of research projects in forest genetics and genomics by students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scientists from around the world, as well as student field trips, conference travel support and the biennial Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium.

The Schatz Center lab

The Schatz Center lab


  • The “Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics Endowment"

         The The “Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics Endowment" is the center's primary research fund.  The fund supports research in the Louis W. Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics by providing funds for facilities, materials, faculty, students, and educational programs which advance the field of molecular genetics with trees. Focal areas of support include: "The Schatz Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Tree Genetics", dedicated to advancing the techniques of gene transfer for tree improvement; "The Schatz Visiting Scholars Program," which brings visiting scholars to the Schatz Center to learn techniques, perform research, and develop long-term research collaborations with Schatz Center faculty; and "The Schatz Undergraduate Research Awards in Tree Genetics" which supports undergraduate students who assist with research projects at, or in conjunction with, the Schatz Center. The endowment may also support other research expenses such as equipment, supplies, travel, stipends, and/or graduate fellowships

  • The Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium Fund at Mont Alto

         The Schatz Tree Genetics Colloquium Fund supports a biannual conference hosted by the Schatz Center  at Penn State University. The colloquium provides a forum for tree geneticists from around the world to meet to review the state of the science, propose new future research directions, and develop joint programs with members of the Schatz Center with industrial, government, and private sources. The Colloquium Fund has also helped support meetings of other research groups with interests aligned to those of the Schatz Center. 

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  • The Schatz Faculty Travel Fund

        The Louis and Merry Schatz Faculty Travel Fund supports trips by faculty members of the center and department to participate conferences and research meetings relevant to the Schatz Center goals. Attending conferences is an important outreach activity, allowing members the opportunity to present the results from the projects underway in the Schatz Center and department the larger research community, and to meet with colleagues to plan exciting new research projects.  

  • The Schatz Student Field Trip Fund

        The Student Field Trip Fund every other year supports a field trip of Schatz Center faculty and students to visit Gordon and Karen Schatz in Arcata, California.  This trip is always greatly enjoyed by the students and faculty alike, featuring tours of tidal pools, redwood forests, the beautiful Humboldt State University campus, the impressive L.W. Schatz Demonstration Tree Farm high in the coastal mountains, and the contrasts of old time logging camps with modern, high tech redwood nurseries

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  • Library Collections
  • The Forest Resources Building fund
  • Equipment for Genetic Analysis

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  • Associate Professor & Director, Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics