C. Dana Nelson

Project Leader/Research Geneticist
Harrison Experimental Forest
23332 Success Road
Saucier, MS 39574-9344
Phone: 228-832-2747
dananelson@fs.fed.us

Current Research

host-pathogen genetics, in particular the genetics of fusiform rust disease on slash and loblolly pinespopulation and quantitative genetics of the southern pinesDNA marker development and genome mappingcomparative genomics of the southern pines and related conifers

Education

  • Ph.D. in Forest Genetics, 1988
    University of Minnesota
  • M.S. in Forest Genetics, 1984
    Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. in Forestry, 1982
    Iowa State University

Professional Organizations

  • Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee, Chair (2011—Current)

Featured Publications and Products

Publications

Research Highlights

Best Map Yet of the Pine Genome (2014)
SRS-2014-146 Southern pine plantations supply 60 percent of wood products in the United States and 18 percent worldwide. These percentages can increase with better understanding of the gene combinations that make these trees grow well. To make this happen, Forest Service and university scientists worked together to construct the most complete pine tree genetic map so far.
The Forest Health Initiative (2011)
The Forest Health Initiative is a new government-university-industry partnership dedicated to developing workable solutions for improving forest health through the responsible development and application of biotechnology. As a test case, Forest Service researchers are collaborating with several university labs on developing blight resistant American chestnut seedlings.