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Ross Whetten


Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Biltmore Hall (Robertson Wing) 1019B


Area(s) of Expertise

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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B.S., Arizona State University (1981)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1988)

Research Interests

Applications of molecular biology methods to solve practical problems in management of natural or planted populations of forest trees, with an emphasis on conifer species native to the southeastern USA. Massively-parallel or “next-generation” DNA sequencing technologies provide new opportunities to detect and analyze genetic variation in forest tree populations, and my research is focused on development and application of both new laboratory methods to generate data and new analytical methods to understand how genetic variation is related to variation in traits of ecological or economic importance.


FOR 350 – Ethics in Natural Resource Management
FOR 411 – Forest Biology and Genetics
FOR 725 – Advanced Forest Genetics
BIT815 – Analysis of Deep Sequencing Data


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