Texas Tech University.

Matt Olson

Biology

Matt Olson

Dr. Olson, also a researcher at the Institute of Arctic Biology, is a nationally recognized plant genomics researcher who uses plant genome research to conduct the comparative population genomics mapping of adaptation in poplar trees. Species of poplars are economically, ecologically and environmentally important as they are harvested for paper pulp and particle board production, and hold potential for playing important roles in absorbing carbon dioxide, and they grow farther north than any other tree in the United States. His research also centers on determining how ecological and evolutionary forces shape population genetic variation in plants and how plants will respond to future global climate change.

Dr. Olson earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master's in Botany from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

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