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Bryce Richardson

Bryce A. Richardson

Research Geneticist Plant
735 North 500 East
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: 801-356-5112

Curriculum vitae (120 KB VND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT)


Current Research

My current research focuses on molecular and quantitative genetics of shrub and tree species. This research includes understanding the evolutionary relationships, population genetic structure, and adaptive genetic variation. Current projects include the following species: big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata), blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima) and aspen (Populus tremuloides). This research employs various genetic techiques: common garden trials to measure adaptive variation in quantitative traits, next-generation sequencing to develop molecular markers and annotate genes, and genecology to develop association between traits and climate variables to infer seeds zones for current and future climates.

Research Interests

My research interests include population genomics, genecology, and phylogenetics of plants. I am particularly interested in using genetic approaches to address ecological interactions between plants and the environment.

Past Research

Much of a species demographic and evolutionary history is recorded into the DNA and phenotypic traits. Genetic research has an extremely broad use for basic and applied research. Molecular genetic data provide the insight into evolutionary relationships between plant taxa and assess intraspecific genetic diversity and structure. These data are critical in identifying unique or at risk populations, understand barriers to gene flow, and evaluate past climate change on demographics and biogeography. Genetics data can also assess environmental adaptation. Common gardens trials measure genetic responses to climate. This data is used to develop of seed zones for plant species. Knowledge of where to collect and plant seeds is critical to restoration success, sustainability of ecosystems and efficient use of funding.

Why This Research is Important

Knowledge of how plants are adapted to their environments is fundamental to ecological restoration and mitigating impacts from climate change. This research has applications for the development of current and future seed transfer zones, ensuring seed banks capture the genetic diversity of a species and other tools that enable restoration of natural ecosystems.

Education

  • College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID, BA Biology, 1996
  • University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, MS Forest Resources, 2001
  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Ph.D. Plant Pathology, 2006

Professional Experience

  • Research Geneticist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, USDA
    2009 - Current
  • Biological Science Technician, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, USDA
    1999 - 2009
  • Teach Assistant, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho
    1999 - 1999

Professional Organizations

  • United Nations, Food And Agriculture Organization, North American Forestry Commission, Forest Genetic Resources Work Group Representative (2011 - Current)
    The goal of the commission is to develop collaborative projects to address forest and plant genetic needs for restoration and conservation.
  • Western Forest Transcriptome Survey, Rmrs Lead (2009 - Current)
    RMRS sponsored transcriptome projects have included big sagebrush, aspen and armilaria root-rot. See publication lists for further information.

Awards & Recognition

  • Merit award, 2012
    Superior performance in contributing to RMRS GSD program through productive output and effective teamwork.
  • Editor’s Choice Award - Botany, 2012
    Editor’s Choice for: Paleoclimate effects and geographic barriers shape regional population genetic structure of blackbrush (Coleogyne ramosissima: Rosaceae). Botany
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station, Best Publication for Early Career Scientist , 2010
    Awarded for: Congruent climate-driven genecological responses from molecular markers and quantitative traits for western white pine (Pinus monticola). International Journal of Plant Sciences

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


RMRS-2012-04
Research Helps Conserve and Restore Shrub Dominated Ecosystems

Helping to make prudent, research-based decisions to improve shrublands in the Interior West

2012


Last updated on : 09/30/2014