Neil Nelson Ph.D.

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Professional Title
Research Program Manager, Special Projects

Dr. Nelson has over forty years of research and management experience in the federal, university, and private sectors. He was Assistant Director for Forestry and Forest Products at NRRI from 1997-2004 and rejoined the Institute in 2012. His experience spans tree physiology, biotechnology, forest genetics, wood science, and forest products. His current duties include strategic planning, project management, research grant writing and administration, cross-departmental coordination, and funding diversification.  From 2014 – 2016 Dr. Nelson was Acting Director of the NRRI Wood Materials and Engineering Program.  From 2017 – 2018 he was  Acting Group Manager, NRRI Production Forestry and Silviculture.  He is currently Principal Investigator on a $1 million grant from USDA on genetic development for establishing hybrid poplar plantations in the Midwestern United States. 

Education

  • Fulbright Fellowship (Post Doctoral), CSIRO, Australia, 1975-76
  • Ph.D., Forestry and Forest Products (Plant Physiology), University of Wisconsin, 1973
  • Fulbright Scholarship, Australian National University, 1968-69
  • M.S., Soil Science, University of Wisconsin, 1968
  • B.S., Forestry, Iowa State University, 1966

Recent Publications

Establishment of regional phytoremediation buffer systems for ecological restoration in the great lakes basin, usa. I. genotype × environment interactions

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Establishment of regional phytoremediation buffer systems for ecological restoration in the great lakes basin, usa. I. genotype × environment interactionsZalesny, R. S., Pilipović, A., Rogers, E. R., Burken, J. G., Hallett, R. A., Lin, C. H., McMahon, B. G., Nelson, N. D., Wiese, A. H., Bauer, E. O., Buechel, L., Debauche, B. S., Peterson, M., Seegers, R. & Vinhal, R. A., Apr 2 2021, In: Forests. 12, 4, 430.

Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review

NRRI News Articles

NRRI's fast-growing hybrid poplar tree is showing its worth as an environmental clean-up tool in U.S. Forest Service trials.

NRRI develops trees that can grow fast across many climate zones in anticipation of expanding bio-based markets.

Anticipating growth in markets for biomass resources, NRRI ramps up hybrid poplar research.