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Conservation biology and genetics

Cultivating collaborations that generate knowledge to inform threatened tree species protection and build capacity for tree conservation throughout the region.

Saving oaks from extinction through integrated conservation management and global collaborations.

Completing threat assessments for the world’s oak species to prioritize species for conservation and enable policymakers to protect threatened oaks.

Linking science to practice to achieve effective conservation of oak diversity

Working with partners from multiple sectors in Latin America to research and protect threatened tree species, and advance tree conservation across the region

Locating, prioritizing, and proposing amendments to spatial and genetic gaps within ex-situ collections of native U.S. oaks, towards the continued security of each species.

 

We are using DNA data to further understand the reproductive biology of an under-studied oak, Quercus havardii, which will help inform seed collection strategies and collection management.

We collected acorns from across the range of Quercus havardii and distributed them to partner gardens to grow, research, and showcase this unique oak to the public.

We are using DNA data to better understand the connectivity and recent history of populations of Quercus havardii, a Western sand dune oak.

We are quantifying the number of plants and seeds needed to best preserve genetic variation of 10 species of threatened trees in botanical gardens, which  will be models for future seed collections.

We are assessing whether important seed and living collections have sufficiently sampled the wild diversity of tree species we are trying to protect. 

Exchange program between the US and China, bringing environmental education practitioners from across China to the Chicago region to explore and share ideas about how best to communicate the importance and value of the environment and research.