David Neale

David Neale

Position Title
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

  • Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Center for Population Biology
262 Robbins Hall

Research Interests

Genomics, Population Genetics, Landscape Genetic, Complex traits

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group
  • Plant Biology
  • Population Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Molecular Evolution
  • Plant Breeding
  • Population and Quantitative Genetics



  • 1976 BS Forest Science University of New Hampshire
  • 1979 MS Forest Genetics University of New Hampshire
  • 1984 PhD Forest Genetics Oregon State University


* Eckert A.J., Tearse B.R., Pande B., Neale D.B. (2010). DnaSAM: Software to perform neutrality testing for large data sets with complex null models. Molec. Ecol. Res. 10:542-545.

*Eckert A.J., Van Heerwaarden J., Wegrzyn J.L., Nelson D.D., Ross-Ibarra J., Gonzalez-Martinez S.C., Neale D.B. (2010) Patterns of population structure and environmental associations with aridity across the range of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L., Pinaceae). Genetics. 185:969-982.

*Eckert A.J., Gonzalez-Martinez S.C., Bower A.D., Wegrzyn J.L., Coop G., Neale D.B. (2010) Back to nature: ecological genomics of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda, Pinaceae). Molecular Ecology. 19:3789-3805.

*Kovach A.S., Wegrzyn J.L., Parra G., Holt C., Bruening G.E., Loopstra C.A., Hartigan J., Yandell M., Langley C.H., Korf I., Neale D.B. (2010) The Pinus taeda genome is characterized by diverse and highly diverged repetitive sequences. BMC Genomics. 11:420-420.

*Wegrzyn J.L., Eckert A.J., Choi M., Lee J.M., Stanton B.J., Sykes R., Davis M.F., Tsai C., Neale D.B. (2010). Association genetics of traits controlling lignin and cellulose biosynthesis in black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa, Salicaceae) Secondary Xylem. New Phytologist. 188:969-982.

*Jermstad K.D., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Delfino-Mix A., Davis D.A., Burton D.C., Neale D.B. (2010) Comparative mapping in Pinus: sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.). Tree Genetics and Genomes. 0:1-12.

*Ersoz E.S., Wright M.H., Gonzalez-Martinez S.C., Langley C.H., Neale D.B. (2010) Evolution of Disease Response Genes in Loblolly Pine: Insights from Candidate Genes. PLoS ONE. 5:1-12.

*Quesada T., Gopal V., Cumbie V.P., Eckert A.J.,Wegrzyn J.L., Neale D.B., Goldfarb B., Huber D.A., Casella G., Davis J.M. (2010) Association Mapping of Quantitative Disease Resistance in a Natural Population of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda L.). Genetics 186: 677–686.

*Stanton B.J., Neale D.B., Li S. (2010) Populus Breeding: From the Classical to the Genomic Approach. Genetics and Genomics of Populus. :309-348.

*Cumbie W.P., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Whetten R., Neale D.B., Goldfarb B. (2011). Association genetics of carbon isotope discrimination, height, and foliar nitrogen in a natural population of Pinus taeda L.. Heredity :1-10.

*Neale D.B., Kremer A. (2011) Forest tree genomics: growing resources and applications. Nature Review Genetics. 12:111-122.

*Palle S.R., Seeve C.M., Eckert A.J., Cumbie W.P., Goldfarb B., Loopstra C.A. (2011) Natural variation in expression of genes involved in xylem development in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.). Tree Genetics and Genomes. 7:193-206.

*Jermstad K.D., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Delfino-Mix A., Davis D.A., Burton D.C., Neale D.B. (2011). Comparative mapping in Pinus: sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.) and loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) Tree Genetics & Genomes 7:457–468.

*Maloney P.E., Vogler D.R., Eckert A.J., Jensen C.E., Neale D.B. Population biology of sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana Dougl.) with reference to historical disturbances in the Lake Tahoe Basin: Implications for restoration. (2011) Forest Ecology and Management 262: 770-779.

*Chancerel E., Lepoittevin C., Le Provost G., Lin Y., Jaramillo-Correa J.P., Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Zelenika D., Boland A., Frigerio J., Chaumeil P., Garnier-Gere P., Boury C., Grivet D., Gonzalez-Martinez S.C., Rouze P., Van de Peer Y., Neale D.B., Cervera M.T., Kremer A., Plomion C. (2011) Development and implementation of a highly-multiplexed SNP array for genetic mapping in maritime pine and comparative mapping with loblolly pine. BMC Genomics. 12(368):1-14.

*Wegrzyn J.L., Main D., Figueroa B., Choi M., Yu J., Neale D.B., Stanton M., Zheng P., Ficklin S., Cho I., Peace C., Evans K., Volk G., Oraguzie N., Chen C., Jr. F.G., Abbott A.G. (2012) Uniform Standards for Genome Databases in Forest and Fruit Trees. Tree Genetics and Genomes. 8(3):549-557.

*Eckert A.J., Wegrzyn J.L., Cumbie W.P., Goldfarb B., Huber D.A., Tolstikoc V., Fiehn O., Neale D.B. (2012) Association genetics of the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda, Pinaceae) metabolome. New Phytologist. 193(4):890-902.

*Chen J., Kallman T., Ma X., Gyllenstrand N., Zaina G., Morgante M., Bousquet J., Eckert A., Wegrzyn J., Neale D., Lagercrantz U., Lascoux M. (2012) Disentangling the Roles of History and Local Selection in Shaping Clinal Variation of Allele Frequencies and Gene Expression in Norway Spruce (Picea abies). Genetics. 191(3):865-881.