Prof. David B Neale

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dept. Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

Director, Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation

Ph.D. in Forest Genetics 1984, Oregon State University

Career: I retired in July 2020 after a 36-year career in California with the US Forest Service Institute of Forest Genetics and the University of California, Davis (Depts. Genetics, Environmental Horticulture and Plant Sciences). I was privileged to have worked with more than 100 very good young scientists and together we published more than 200 papers. I continue at UC Davis as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus, however, I no longer keep an office or lab at UC Davis. I serve as the Director for the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation and am coordinating genome projects in whitebark pine and bristlecone pine at the WPEF

Dr. Shanshan Zhu

Associate Researcher, Systematic & Evolutionary Botany and Biodiversity Laboratory, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University

Ph.D. in Ecology 2019, Zhejiang University

Career: 2019–Present, Associate Researcher, Department of Biology, College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University



Prof. Yingxiong Qiu

Professor / Director of the Center for Plant Diversity, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Ph.D. in Botany 2003, Zhejiang University

Career: 1998–2004, Lecturer, Zhejiang University. 2004–2009, Associate Professor, Zhejiang University. 2009–2021, Professor, Zhejiang University. 2021–Present, Professor (PI), Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Dr. Makoto Takahashi

Director General of Breeding Department: Forest Tree Breeding Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute

Ph.D. in Agricultural Science 2002, Nagoya University

Career: From April in 1994, Tohoku Regional Breeding Office, Forest Tree Breeding Center (FTBC), then worked at Breeding Department, Genetic Resources Department, and Kyushu Regional Breeding Office of FTBC. Since April in 2019, working at the current position.



Prof. Yoshihisa Suyama

Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University

Ph.D. in Agricultural Science 1992, University of Tsukuba

Career: 1996–1999, Research Associate, University of Tsukuba. 1999–2003, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University. 2003–2020, Associate Professor, Tohoku University. 2021–Present, Professor, Tohoku University