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Scott E. Schlarbaum

Scott E. Schlarbaum is a Professor of Forest Genetics in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries at the University of Tennessee. He is the current Project Leader of the University of Tennessee's Tree Improvement Program. The UT Tree Improvement Program was initiated in 1959 and directed toward meeting the needs of the timber, paper, recreational and Christmas tree industries in Tennessee. The program conducts research on various hardwood and coniferous species using traditional breeding and testing methodologies coupled with recent advances in clonal propagation. Biological control of exotic pests through breeding for genetic resistance is encompassed by program research objectives. Research and development activities are coordinated with the Tennessee Division of Forestry and USDA Forest Service, Southern Region through formal memorandums of understanding and other natural resource-based agencies including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. In addition, Dr. Schlarbaum is curator of all Tennessee Valley Authority forestry and nursery records that were based at Norris, Tennessee.

Dr. Schlarbaum was educated at Colorado State University [B.S. College of Forestry (Forest Biology) and Ph.D. College of Agriculture (Plant Cytogenetics)] and the University of Nebraska [M.S. Institute of Agriculture (Plant Genetics)]. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, before coming to the University of Tennessee in 1984. Dr. Schlarbaum is the author of numerous articles on forest genetics, tree cytogenetics and tissue culture. He is currently an Associate Editor for the only international journals devoted to forest genetics and tree improvement, Silvae Genetica and Forest Genetics. He serves as the Leader of the IUFRO (International Union of Forestry Research Organizations) Cytogenetics Working Party, a committee member on the Southern Forest Tree Improvement Committee and the USDA Crop Germplasm Advisory Committee for Woody Landscape Plants, and is the technical representative for the Tennessee Agriculture Experiment Station on Regional Project NE-140 (Biological Improvement of Chestnut) and Southern Regional Information Exchange Group SRIEG-40 (Improvement of Southern Tree Species).

Dr. Schlarbaum is a frequent speaker on forest health issues to professional and public groups and has published various articles on forest health and exotic pests. In 1995, he was invited to advise the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on exotic pest issues and policies. Dr. Schlarbaum has served on a national panel of scientists charted by Congressman Charles Taylor (North Carolina, llth District) that evaluated the health of public and private forested lands in the United States. He has testified before the United States House of Representatives' Committees on Agriculture and Resources, the Subcommittee on Forests and Forest Health, and the Task Force on Emergency Timber Salvage as an expert witness and has coauthored related briefing documents.

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Scott Schlarbaum
Forest Biology
282 Ellington Plant Sciences Bldg
(865) 974-7993