College of Forestry

Forest Biotechnology Laboratory

Steve Strauss Biography

Dr. Steven H. Strauss is a University Distinguished Professor of Forest Biotechnology in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University. He is Director of the GREAT TREES research cooperative at OSU, a university-public agency-industry consortium first formed in 1994 (under a different name). It conducts research on improved methods for efficient genetic engineering and editing of trees used in plantation forestry and horticulture. Strauss directed the OSU Program for Outreach in Resource Biotechnology from 2004-2013, which was aimed at promoting public understanding, and facilitating science-based public debates, in food and natural resources biotechnology.

Strauss received the Barrington-Moore Memorial Award from the Society of American Foresters in 2001, which recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research leading to the advancement of forestry. In 2005 he was recognized as a Leopold Leadership Fellow, taking part in a program aimed at training eminent environmental scientists to be more effective at influencing public policy and presenting science to news media. He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009, for advancing of the science and policy regarding forest biotechnologies. He was the Forest Biotechnology Partners Forest Biotechnologist of the Year in 2009 recognizing his outstanding contributions to science, dialogue, and stewardship. He received the OSU Industry Partnering Award in 2014 for exceptional engagement in collaborative research with industry, including international research leadership and student engagement.

Dr. Strauss has earned degrees in biological sciences from Cornell (BS), Yale (MFS), and the University of California at Berkeley (PhD). He has published more than 200 scientific papers, and given hundreds of invited lectures on biotechnology and genetics of trees. Strauss has obtained approximately 25 million dollars of competitive grant support from science agencies. His laboratory has trained approximately 30 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral scientists, and more than 50 professional and technical staff. He has served on panels at the United States National Research Council, National Science Foundation, and Department of Agriculture. Dr. Strauss' current research focuses on innovations in methods for genetic transformation and gene editing, using poplar and eucalyptus trees for study. He has also advised governments and written in many scientific journals about national and international regulations on field research and commercial development of genetically engineered crops and trees. He was an editor for the highly cited plant science journal New Phytologist for 9 years.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Steven Strauss, OSU Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Corvallis, OR 97331, 541-737-6578 USA