Geographic distribution of adaptive traits in Pinus strobiformis and potential trade-offs between growth and resistance to an invasive pathogen

Southwestern white pine is an important tree species of southwestern mixed conifer forests that is also host to a non-native fungal pathogen (white pine blister rust). Our research will examine adaptive traits (e.g. cold hardiness, drought tolerance, and rust resistance) and the influence of epigenetics across the range of southwestern white pine and the interactions between these and climate. We will also couple the common garden phenotypes with genotypes through the use of next generation sequencing. Our work will ultimately lead a predictive model of the distribution of southwestern white pine under different climate change scenarios.

Co-Principal Investigators and Collaborators: Amy Whipple, Lluvia Flores, Betsy Goodrich (NAU); Sam Cushman, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station; Richard Sniezko, U.S. Forest Service Dorena Genetic Resource Center; Andrew Eckert, Virginia Commonwealth University; Heather Lintz, Chris Still, Michael Wing, Oregon State University
Principal Investigator: 
Dr. Kristen Waring
Email: 
Kristen.waring@nau.edu