Grad assistantships

Larry Smart lbsmart at mailbox.syr.edu
Sat May 20 15:22:59 EST 2000


Graduate Research Assistantships

Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology / Faculty of Forestry
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and
Forestry (SUNY-ESF) Syracuse, NY.  

Willow Population Genetics
A graduate research assistantship is available starting Fall semester
2000 to work with Dr. Larry Smart
(http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/facpage/smart/smart.htm) 
and Dr. James Gibbs (http://www.esf.edu/course/jpgibbs/jpgibbs.html)
in the study of genetic diversity of Salix in the Northeast and
North-central United States.  The project will involve the use of
molecular markers to determine heterozygosity and to develop genomic
fingerprints to aid in the breeding of willows for increased biomass
yield, pest resistance, and form.  This project will also assess the
genetic diversity of native and naturalized populations of Salix in the
Northeast and North- central United States. The experimental plan
involves isolation and characterization of simple sequence repeat 
(SSR or microsatellite) loci and the use of amplified fragment length
polymorphism (AFLP) markers in the analysis of Salix eriocephala and
Salix purpurea clones.  

Willow Breeding
A graduate research assistantship is available starting Fall semester
2000 to work with Dr. Larry Smart
(http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/facpage/smart/smart.htm) and 
Dr. Chuck Maynard (http://www.esf.edu/course/cmaynard/Maynard.html) in
an intensive culture. The project will involve the collection of clones
of Salix eriocephala and S. purpurea, as well as others, from the wild
to serve as breeding stock. Our strategy is based on interspecific and
intraspecific hybridization to produce hybrid vigor in the F1 progeny. 
New clones will be selected for increased biomass yield, pest
resistance, and form in clone-site trials across a wide geographic
range.

These projects are associated with the larger effort of the Salix
Consortium involving academic researchers, government agencies, 
growers, environmental groups, and industry to develop willow as a
bioenergy/biobased products feedstock and a new crop to promote rural
development in the Northeast and North-central states
(http://www.esf.edu/willow/).

The Faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF includes 35
faculty members with diverse research interests from molecules to
ecosystems (http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/).  The Faculty of Forestry
has 30 faculty members primarily interested in forest resource
management (http://www.esf.edu/faculty/for/).  Students may work toward
the M.S., Ph.D., or M.P.S. degrees in a number of programs, including
Plant Science and Biotechnology, Environmental Physiology, Forest
Ecosystem Science, and Ecology.  Application information is available at
http://www.esf.edu/admissions/default.htm.

Please bring this to the attention of students interested in pursuing
either an M.S. or Ph.D. in plant science, tree improvement, or forest
ecology and encourage them to contact Larry Smart by e-mail
(lbsmart at syr.edu) or at the address below.


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Lawrence B. Smart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Environmental and Forest Biology
One Forestry Drive
6 Illick Hall
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone (315) 470-6737
FAX (315) 470-6934
e-mail: lbsmart at syr.edu
http://www.esf.edu/faculty/efb/facpage/smart/smart.htm
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