US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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C. Dana Nelson

Project Leader/Research Geneticist
Harrison Experimental Forest
Saucier, MS 39574-9344
Phone: 228-832-2747

Current Research

  • host-pathogen genetics, in particular the genetics of fusiform rust disease on slash and loblolly pines
  • population and quantitative genetics of the southern pines
  • DNA marker development and genome mapping
  • comparative genomics of the southern pines and related conifers


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

Professional Organizations

  • Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee, Chair (2011 - Current)
    SRS representative and currently the committee's chair.

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Research Highlights


Fighting Forest disease and pests using genomics and biotechnology


The Forest Health Initiative

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Last updated on : 04/11/2014