Howe, Glenn

Associate Professor

Office Location: 
334 Richardson Hall
Email Address: 

Forest Genetics

Educational Background: 
  • B.S., 1977, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S., 1981, Michigan State University
  • Ph.D., 1991, Oregon State University
Research Interests: 
Glenn’s research focuses on the breeding, ecological genetics, and genomics of forest trees, including understanding climate-associated patterns of genetic variation, physiological adaptations to climate, and assisted migration.
Research Support: 
  1. Howe, G.T. Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative (PNWTIRC), Forest industries, state and federal agencies, $118,000/year.
  2. Howe, G.T., Davis, A., Hipkins, V., Liu, J.-J., Mahalovich, M.F., Rust. M., Sniezko, R. 2013. Genetic markers for western white pine (WWP): Enabling molecular breeding for resistance to white pine blister rust. USFS Forest Health Protection, Special Technology Development Program. $99,685 (2014-2016).
  3. Needham, M.D. and Howe, G.T. Forest health biotechnologies: What are the drivers of public acceptance? Forest Health Initiative, $100,000 (2013-2015).
  4. Howe, G.T., Maguire, D.A., and Strauss, S.H. Collaborative Research: Center for Advanced Forestry Systems-Phase II. NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program, $299,998 (2012-2017).
  5. USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station. Meta-analysis of Douglas-fir provenance tests to estimate responses to seed transfer and climate change. Howe, G.T. and St.Clair, J.B. USDA-Forest Service Joint Venture Agreement, $100,000 (2013-2018).
Selected Publications: 
  1. Howe, G.T., Horvath, D.P., Dharmawardhana, P., Priest, H.D, Mockler, T.C. and Strauss, S.H. Extensive transcriptome changes during natural onset and release of vegetative bud dormancy in Populus. Frontiers in Plant Science (In review).
  2. Kolpak, S.E., Smith, J., Albrecht, M.J., DeBell, J., Lipow, S., Cherry, M.L., and Howe, G.T. 2015. High-density miniaturized seed orchards of Douglas-fir. New Forests 46: 121-140. Published online 9 October, 2014.
  3. Urhan, O.S., Kolpak, S.E., Jayawickrama, K.J.S., and Howe, G.T. 2014. Early genetic selection for wood stiffness in juvenile Douglas-fir and western hemlock. For. Ecol. Manage. 320:104-117.
  4. Howe, G.T., Yu, J., Knaus, B., Cronn, R., Kolpak, S., Dolan, P., Lorenz, W.W., Dean, J.F.D. 2013. A SNP resource for Douglas-fir: de novo transcriptome assembly and SNP detection and validation. BMC Genomics 14:137.
  5. Lorenz, W.W., Neale, D.B., Jermstad, K.D., Howe, G.T., Rogers, D.L. Bordeaux, J.M., Ayyampalayam, S., and Dean, J.F.D. 2012. Conifer DBMagic: A database housing multiple de novo transcriptome assemblies for twelve diverse conifer species. Tree Genet. Genomes 8:1477-1485.
  6. Chmura, D.J., Anderson, P.D., Howe, G.T., Harrington, C.A., Halofsky, J.E., Peterson, D.L., Shaw, D.C., and St.Clair, J.B. 2011. Forest responses to climate change in the northwestern United States: Ecophysiological foundations for adaptive management. For. Ecol. Manage. 261:1121-1142.
  7. Resman, L., Howe, G.T., Jonsen, D., Englund, M., Druart, N., Schrader, J., Antii, H., Skinner, J., Moritz, T., Chen, T.H.H., and Bhalerao, R.P. 2010. Components acting downstream of short day perception regulate differential cessation of cambial activity and associated responses in early and late clones of hybrid poplar. Plant Physiology 154:1294-1303.
  8. St.Clair, J.B., and Howe, G.T. 2007. Genetic maladaptation of coastal Douglas-fir seedlings to future climates. Global Change Biology 13:1441-1454.
  9. Howe, G.T., Jayawickrama, K.J., Cherry, M.L., Johnson, G.R., and Wheeler, N.C. 2006. Breeding Douglas-fir. In: Plant breeding reviews, J. Janick (ed). John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 27:245-353.
  10. Slavov, G.T., Howe, G.T., Gyaourova, A.V., Birkes, D.S., and Adams, W.T. 2005. Estimating pollen flow using SSR markers and paternity exclusion: Accounting for mistyping. Mol. Ecol. 14:3109-3121.
  11. Howe, G.T., Aitken, S.N., Neale, D.B., Jermstad, K.D., Wheeler, N.C., and Chen, T.H.H. 2003. From genotype to phenotype: unraveling the complexities of cold adaptation in forest trees. Can. J. Bot. 81:1247-1266.