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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Randy Johnson

National Program Leader Genetics and Global Change Research
1601 N Kent St
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-605-5178
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Current Research

I currently provide research support at the National office in areas of: genetics, biotech, adaptation to global change and carbon cycle research.

Past Research

My past research experience dealt with forest genetics (tree breeding) and restoration genetics.


  • North Carolina State University, PhD Forest Genetics, 1984
  • North Carolina State University, MS Forest Soils, 1980
  • University of Illinois, BS Forestry, 1978

Professional Experience

  • National Program Leader: Global Change, USDA Forest Service R&D, Washington Office
    2009 - Current
  • National Program Leader: Genetics, USDA Forest Service R&D, Washington Office
    2007 - Current
  • Research Geneticist, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    1995 - 2007
    Projects included: Genecology of Purshia tridentata, Alnus rubra, Festuca roemeri, Holodiscus discolor, genetics of wood quality in Douglas-fir, growth modeling genetic gain
  • Research Geneticist, US National Arboretum
    1992 - 1994
    Shrub breeding and Research
  • Geneticist, Forest Research Institute, Rotorua New Zealand
    1985 - 1989
    Tree breeding and management of the Tree Breeding Cooperative (88-89)
  • Tree Improvement Forester, JARI Florestal, Belem Brasil
    1980 - 1981
    Managed breeding programs of pine, eucalyptus and melina

Professional Organizations

  • Society For Range Management, Member (2006 - Current)
  • North American Quantitative Forest Genetics Group, Member (1996 - Current)
    Chair 1996, 2005
  • Society of American Foresters, Member (1984 - Current)
    Co-chaired or chair-ed Genetics and Tree Improvement Working Group 2004-2006

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Last updated on : 10/09/2014