Francis Yeh

Professor Emeritus

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

Job/Research Area: Tree improvement and breeding, quantitative and population genetics, forest conservation and biotechnology.


  • 1987 - NSERC Industry-University Research Chair
  • 2000 - International Union of Forest Research Organization Scientific Achievement Award
  • 1999 - McCalla Research Professor


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: I am most interested in comparative genomics research at the population level. My work with graduate students, PDFs, research associates and colleagues has focused on genetic improvement and biotechnology, as well as evolutionary, ecological, quantitative, population, and conservation genetics from the theoretical and empirical perspectives. My desire to cover a broad spectrum of genetic disciplines has enabled the graduate students and PDFs with very different educational backgrounds and research interests to interact. This has enabled us to study breeding, improvement and gene conservation with a broad viewpoint and contributed to greater understanding of the forces and mechanisms that maintain genetic diversity. Over the years, I am very privileged to have worked with/supervised a group of very talented individuals who have contributed immensely to the genetics literature. They include Bill Cheliak, Daniel Chong, Yousry Elkassaby, Israel Jiang, John King, David O'Malley, Mei Sun, Harry Wu, Xie Chang-Yi, Alvin Yanchuk, Rong-Cai Yang, Li Changxi, Selvaduri Dayanandan, Wei Run-Peng and among others.