Howe, Glenn

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location: 

334 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-9001
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-1393
B.S., 1977, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S., 1981, Michigan State University
Ph.D., 1991, Oregon State University
Research Areas: 
  • Genetics and Physiology
  • Integrated Social and Ecological Systems
Research Interests: 
  • Forest Genetics
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.


Graduate Major Advisor
Graduate Students: 
Courses Taught: 
FS 499/599
Adapting Forests to Climate Change
Climate change is expected to have profound effects on forests. Society can respond by managing in forests in ways that can help mitigate climate change or help forests adapt. Nonetheless, changes in climate and forest responses are uncertain, making management and policy decisions difficult and controversial. We will investigate the effects of climate change on forests, focusing on potential forest management and policy responses.
FS 505
Forest Genetic Literacy
FS 521
Natural Resources Research Planning
This course provides graduate students with the fundamental research skills needed to successfully complete their graduate degree program and begin their professional career. In this course, you will learn how to plan, write, and critique scientific research proposals. Instruction will focus on direct, hands-on learning by writing a research proposal that could serve as your graduate thesis proposal. You will learn to pose relevant, interesting, and tractable researchable questions; design testable hypotheses; develop research goals and objectives; and apply critical thinking skills to design appropriate research methods. Students will benefit from having taken FES 520, although this is not a prerequisite for enrolling in FES 521.
MNR 538
Adapting Forests to Climate Change
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.