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David Neale, Plant Sciences Professor at UC Davis, Honored with a Namesake Symposium

For the first time ever, all forest geneticists in North America can be together at one meeting

David Neale, distinguished professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
David Neale, professor of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. (photo Ann Filmer/UC Davis)

The North American Forest Genetics Society (NAFGS) will hold its first biennial meeting June 16–18, 2020, in Pacific Grove, California, at the Asilomar Conference Center.

David Neale, a distinguished professor in the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, is being honored with the ‘David Neale Symposium’ as part of the three-day meeting. Neale, who works on the genomics of forest trees, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The meeting will include one day of presentations (June 16), a full-day field trip to Big Basin Redwood State Park (June 17), and a symposium to recognize David Neale's work and retirement (June 18).


“The importance of the NAFGS meeting is that for the first time ever it brings all forest geneticists in North America together at one meeting,” said Neale. "It seems timely that the discipline now be served by a single society that seeks to coordinate activities among regional groups and develop a strong and unified voice that advocates more effectively for the discipline."

The newly established North American Forest Genetics Society (NAFGS) is a professional society that serves as an information resource and advocacy group for the practice of the discipline of forest genetics and genomics in North America. Membership to the NAFGS is open to all practitioners of the discipline of forest genetics and genomics not only from North America but from throughout the world.


Meeting Details

For more information on NAFGS please see the website ( Additional details on the meeting, including registration, abstract and ‘lightning talk’ submissions, and program schedule are available now. May 1 is the deadline for abstract and lightning talk submissions.

Conference schedule
Field trip
David Neale Symposium

The Asilomar Conference Grounds is located east of what was known as Moss Beach on the western tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California. Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is a breathtakingly gorgeous 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land.


Additional Information on David Neale’s work at UC Davis

  • Coast redwood and giant sequoia mega-genomes sequenced: Modern tools for redwood conservation efforts. April 2019.
  • “The Conifers: Genomes, Variation and Evolution” – New book by David Neale and Nicholas Wheeler. April 2019.
  • Mapping the genome of redwoods – Featured on CBS Sunday Morning. June 2018.
  • Decoding the redwoods: Their salvation might be in their complex genetic code. February 2018.
  • Genome Project will restore health of coast redwood and giant sequoia forests. October 2017.
  • Genome sequencing may save California’s legendary sugar pine. December 2015.
  • UC Davis cracks the walnut genome. December 2015.


(Article by Ann Filmer, Plant Sciences, UC Davis. January 22, 2020.)

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