Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Buckler, Edward S.
Location U.S. Department of Agriculture
Primary Field Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
 Election Citation
Buckler's pioneering strategies for high-resolution genetic mapping provide a powerful method for utilizing genetic variation in plant breeding and crop improvement efforts. Because of his efforts, researchers are able to identify the individual genes controlling complex agronomic traits, which greatly facilitate and promote crop improvement and design.
 Research Interests
Edward Buckler is a Research Geneticist with the Senior Scientific Research Service at the US Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. He is recognized as a leader in the integration of quantitative and statistical genetics with genomic approaches, and then applying these tools to maize and other crops. This work has provided insights into how complex traits are controlled, and he has identified genetic variation useful for crop improvement. Buckler grew up in Arlington, VA, and graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in biology and archaeology. He then attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a Ph.D. in Biology. He was a postdoctoral fellow in statistical genetics at North Carolina State University. He joined the USDA and North Carolina State as a geneticist and faculty in 1998, and later moved to a position with the USDA and Cornell University in 2003. He has numerous leadership positions within the crop genetics community and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences

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