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UMF faculty member Chris Brinegar awarded distinguished Fulbright Fellowship
FARMINGTON - Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the UMF Division of Natural Sciences, has recently been awarded a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a one-year stay in Loja, Ecuador, beginning this June.
He will be a visiting professor in the natural sciences department at the Technical University of Loja, a small Catholic university in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador, where he will teach conservation genetics.
specialty is in plant phylogeography, which is the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations.
Phylogeographic data can shed light on plant species evolution and is also used to assess biodiversity and to identify populations in need of conservation.
While in Ecuador, he
will conduct research on the population genetics of two threatened tree species: cinchona and nogal.
The cinchona tree was harvested to near extinction in Ecuador for the quinine in its bark prior to the discovery of synthetic anti-malarial drugs.
It currently exists in scattered remnant populations.
Nogal (Andean walnut) is on the endangered species list due to overharvesting for its prized hardwood.
Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006.
This is his
second Fulbright fellowship.
In 2008, he
spent a semester as a visiting professor at Kathmandu University
In 2012, he
was awarded a grant by the Save the Redwoods League
to help expand scientific knowledge of the biology and ecology of coast redwood forests.
Highlights of SLRR Biological Survey
Sempervirens Fund thanks Professor Chris Brinegar and the students of his Redwood Forest Ecology course at San Jose State University for conducting this research and preparing this report.
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Chris BrinegarDepartment of Biological Sciences
...Chris Brinegar holds a B.S. in chemistry from Notre Dame, an M.S. in food science from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in crop physiology from Wisconsin.He was a research associate at an agricultural biotechnology company before joining the biology faculty at San Jose State University, where he is now an associate professor.He also directs the SJSU Biotechnology Education and Research Institute and is a botany/ecology instructor with the university's Field Studies in Natural History program.Dr. Brinegar's
interests range from agricultural biotechnology to forest ecology, and his
current research involves the use of DNA fingerprinting to study the genetic diversity of the California coast redwoods.
The Unique Sequoia Sempervirens
by Chris Brinegar, Ph.D.
Dr. Brinegar is a noted redwood ecologist and retired Professor of Biology at San Jose State University.
question and answer column appears in every issue of The Mountain Echo , the quarterly redwood newsletter for Sempervirens Fund members.
welcomes your questions about the biology and ecology of the indigenous redwood forest.
regrets that he
cannot answer questions about redwoods grown as ornamentals or in non-native habitats , and he
advises that questions about disease, pruning or structural damage from redwood roots should be directed to a professional arborist in your local area.
E-mail your questions to Dr. Brinegar
But there is no other region in the United States where coast redwoods will grow nearly as well as on the California coast. [Editor: For more on this topic, see Dr. Brinegar's
essay: Growing Redwoods in Non-Native Habitats.]
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Chris Brinegar Professor of Biological Sciences, San Jose State UniversityDirector, SJSU Conservation Genetics Laboratory
Redwood Forests: If You've Seen One, You Haven't Seen Them All
...Chris Brinegar is a native of Indiana and received his PhD in Agronomy & Crop Physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.
As a post-doctoral fellow at the ARCO Plant Cell Research Institute
work focused on the molecular biology of plant hormone receptors.His research interests switched to redwood ecology and genetics shortly after joining the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University in 1987.He now directs the SJSU Conservation Genetics Laboratory and uses molecular approaches to study the population and reproductive biology of redwoods, fish, spotted owls, spineflowers, and other sensitive species that are native to the California coast.His
column, "Ask the Redwood Doctor," appears in the Sempervirens Fund's newsletter.