Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology—MS

General

Program Description

Hardwood genomics. Identifying key genes in the root development of poplar trees. Cultivating Chinese Elm via tissue-culture. Targeting small RNAs for destruction in rice epigenome by short tandem target mimic. Understanding the relation of oak species in the context of drought and climate change.  Modifying plant cell walls for bioenergy production. Solve forestry problems using biogeochemistry, functional genomics, ecological genetics, gene expression data analysis and other tools that lead to healthier trees, and respond to ecological challenges.

Program Strengths and Opportunities

  • The most lab-based of our graduate programs, but highly relevant to the field, working with mechanisms of heredity and expression of genotypes in forest trees.
  • Study the evolution of trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity. Work on important developments related to climate change response, for example, growing the right species in the right places.
  • DNA microarray, DNA sequencing, remote sensing, plant and soil ecology: 6,500 feet of labs and facilities, 2,000 feet of greenhouse, and 5,397 acres of research forest. Collaborative research labs and institutions across campus.  
  • A 100-percent job placement rate for graduate students in this discipline.
  • Tap into the wide breadth of expertise within our small, friendly academic community. Get to know us, and find who you want to work with.
  • Research degrees are non-specific, and we intentionally set a low number of required classes, unless your committee requires them.
  • Explore your interests with your committee and your advisor to define the optimal educational experience.
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The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University brings students, faculty, and researchers together to measure, map, model, analyze, and deploy solutions. ... Read More

The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University brings students, faculty, and researchers together to measure, map, model, analyze, and deploy solutions. Woods. Water. Wildlife. The serenity they provide. The organisms they support. And the products they produce. More than 5,000 acres of University forests are set aside for research, education, recreation, and outreach. We're a scholarly community on a first-name basis—ready to help you grow in your research and create a career based on challenges facing our natural world. Read less