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

359 Main Road
United States

Phone: 740-368-0189
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Current Research

Genetics and resistance breeding of ash species to emerald ash borer
Genetics and resistance breeding of American beech to beech bark disease

Research Interests

genetics and ecology of trees threatened by invasive pests in the US
use of the tools of tree breeding to address forest health problems

Past Research

Genetics of fusiform rust resistance in Southern Pines
Cytogenetics of Southern Pines
Molecular regulation of the plant circadian clock
Molecular regulation of etiolation and de-etiolation

Why This Research is Important

Invasive plants, insects, and diseases are changing forest often by  damaging or killing individual trees, and these impacts are expected to increase in the future.   Understanding the genetics of resistance to invasive pests and how it is inherited helps foresters understand if trees may adapt over time.   Utilizing resistance in tree breeding programs may allow foresters to preserve or accelerate the recovery of threatened tree species.


  • The Ohio State University, B.S. Forestry Forest Biology
  • University of Florida, M.S. Forestry Forest Molecular Biology

Professional Experience

  • Research Associate, The Ohio State University
    1998 - 2020
  • Biologist, US Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Southern Institute of Forest Genetics
    1992 - 1998

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Last updated on : 06/11/2020