Francis Yeh




Job/Research Area: Tree improvement and breeding, quantitative and population genetics, forest conservation and biotechnology.


  • 1987 - NSERC Industry-University Research Chair
  • 2000 - International Union of Forest Research Organization Scientific Achievement Award
  • 1999 - McCalla Research Professor


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: I am most interested in comparative genomics research at the population level. My work with graduate students, PDFs, research associates and colleagues has focused on genetic improvement and biotechnology, as well as evolutionary, ecological, quantitative, population, and conservation genetics from the theoretical and empirical perspectives. My desire to cover a broad spectrum of genetic disciplines has enabled the graduate students and PDFs with very different educational backgrounds and research interests to interact. This has enabled us to study breeding, improvement and gene conservation with a broad viewpoint and contributed to greater understanding of the forces and mechanisms that maintain genetic diversity. Over the years, I am very privileged to have worked with/supervised a group of very talented individuals who have contributed immensely to the genetics literature. They include Bill Cheliak, Daniel Chong, Yousry Elkassaby, Israel Jiang, John King, Lu Pengxin, David O'Malley, Mei Sun, Harry Wu, Rose Guardamano, Xie Chang-Yi, Alvin Yanchuk, Rong-Cai Yang, Li Changxi, Selvaduri Dayanandan, Wei Run-Peng, Aron Fazekas, Deogratias Rweyongeza, Hu Xin Sheng, Terrance Ye Zhi Hong and among others.

Featured Publications

Hu, XS., Yeh, F., Hu, Y. et al.

Nature Sci Rep . 2017 February;

Xin-Sheng Hu & Francis C Yeh

2014 June;

Xin-Sheng Hu, Francis C. Yeh and Zhiquan Wang

Current Genomics. 2011 January; 12

Ham, Bong Joo, Spaner, Dean Spaner, Rahman, Habibur M, Yeh, Francis C and Yang, Rong-Cai

Current Topics in Genetics. 2010 January; 4

Glacial vicariance in the Pacific Northwest: evidence from a lodgepole pine mitochondrial DNA minisatellite for multiple genetically distinct and widely separated refugia


Molecular Ecology. 2008 April; 17 (10):2463-2475

Sex-ratio distortion driven by migration loads

Xin-Sheng Hu Francis C.Yeh Fangliang He

Theoretical Population Biology. 2007 December; 72 (4):547-559

Aron J. Fazekas and Francis C. Yeh

Can J Botany. 2006 April; 84 (2)

Yeh, F.C. and Hu, X.S.

Genome. 2005 January; 48

Ye, T.Z., Yang, R.C. and Yeh, F.C.

Phytopathology. 2003 January; 96

Mahmood, T., Yeh, F.C., Stringam, G. and Good, A.G.

Theor Appl Genetics. 2003 January; 107

Rweyongeza, D.M., F.C. Yeh, B.P. Dancik and N.K. Dhir.

Silvae Genetica. 2003 January; 52

Wang, K., Hiruki, C., and F. Yeh.

Proc. Japan Acad.. 2003 January; 79 (B):155-162

Mahmood, T., U. Uekuere, F.C. Yeh, A.G. Good, and G. Stringam.

Genome. 2003 January; 46