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Dr. Chris Brinegar

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Employment History


  • Ph.D. , crop physiology
  • B.S. , chemistry
    Notre Dame
  • M.S. , food science
    Cornell University
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Highlights of SLRR Biological Survey, 21 Jan 2010 [cached]
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.
Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society: Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturers, 1997-1998, 1 Jan 1997 [cached]
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, 1 April 2001 [cached]
by Chris Brinegar, Ph.D.
Dr. Brinegar is a noted redwood ecologist and retired Professor of Biology at San Jose State University. His question and answer column appears in every issue of The Mountain Echo , the quarterly redwood newsletter for Sempervirens Fund members.
Got Questions? Dr. Brinegar welcomes your questions about the biology and ecology of the indigenous redwood forest. He 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.]
Santa Cruz CNPS Events & Activites, 20 Mar 2004 [cached]
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, his 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.
Santa Cruz Homeless Ray Newkirk, 26 Jan 2002 [cached]
On a positive note, Chris Brinegar, Professor and Director of the Biotechnology Education, and Research Institute at San Jose State University, has completed a six month personal project to map all of the timber harvest plans approved in the Santa Cruz Mountains during the 1990s.In reviewing the maps one of the more interesting things I noticed was how heavily hit (i.e. how heavily logged) the Corralitos area has been.Chris spent his recent sabbatical in the Felton CDF office (yes, you read that correctly!) gathering data which he then entered into digital format on USGS maps.He is making this available to CRFM to post on our website.Chris' personal interest is in the genetics of coastal Redwoods, but he is also interested in redwood preservation.He is graciously making his research results available for use by others.To learn his guidelines and to contact him directly: email: or phone: 408-924-4839.
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