Welcome to the University of Notre Dame's
Forest Conservation and Tree Genetics Program


Natural populations of forest trees provide a unique opportunity for studying genome evolution. Currently, we are studying speciation, genetic adaptation, and response to epidemic disease within the oak (Fagaceae) and walnut (Juglandaceae) families. 

Our association with projects involving genetics and genomics of invertebrate vectors of human disease provides an interdisciplinary perspective that enriches our program. 

Strong affiliations with other research universities and institutions also provide us access to unique germplasm repositories and naturally occurring populations of hardwood forest trees. Additionally, our collaborators represent a broad spectrum of expert knowledge to aid us in our academic pursuit to answer both basic and applied science questions.