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PhD Alumnus Edward Buckler Named Distinguished Scientist of 2011

July 30, 2012

Portrait of Edward S. Buckler

Edward S. Buckler (Photo courtesy USDA-ARS)

Edward S. Buckler, a doctoral alumnus of the Division of Biological Sciences, has been awarded the Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of 2011 by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The award is the top scientific honor given by the research agency.

Buckler, a geneticist and senior scientist at the ARS Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health in Ithaca, NY, was honored for his landmark studies of corn genetics, which have helped improve the crop’s nutritional value and led to the development of molecular tools now being used to study the genetic underpinnings of a wide range of other plants.

“By taking such a comprehensive approach to the study of the natural variation found in cereal crops, Dr. Buckler has enhanced the value of a major U.S. commodity and is addressing nutritional problems that plague many parts of the world,” said Edward B. Knipling, ARS administrator, in a June 12, 2012, ARS news release.

Buckler received his doctorate in the Division of Biological Sciences in 1997 under the direction of Dr. Timothy Holtsford. His doctoral research focused on the domestication and molecular evolution of maize.

He joined the USDA-ARS as a research geneticist in 1998. He is also on the faculty at Cornell University, where he holds an adjunct professor position in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics.


Written by: Melody Kroll

Related research strengths:
Genetics & Genomics, Plant Biology
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Alumni, Awards