Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Norman EllstrandNorman Ellstrand, C.

Professor of Genetics

Mailing Address:

Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-4194
Fax: (951) 827-4437
Email: ellstrand@ucr.edu


PhD 1978 University of Texas at Austin PhD
1974 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Conservation Biology
Center for Disease Vector Research
Stem Cell Center

Areas Of Expertise:

Unplanned Transgene Movement via Pollen and Seeds and Consequences of Such Gene Flow; Science to Inform the Evolution of Public Policy Regarding Transgenic Crops; Transgene Confinement; Transgene Evolution

Awards / Honors:

2011  UCR Faculty Research Lecturer (2011-12)
2010  Guggenheim Fellowship
2009  Botanical Society of America (BSA) 2009 Merit Award
2006  ISIHighlyCited, 2006-present
2005  Keynote speaker, North Central Weed Science Society Meeting on Crop Gene Flow and the Occurrence and Consequences of Gene Introgression between Crops and Their Sexually Compatible Relatives, Kansas City
2005  Staniforth Lecture, Iowa State University
2004  First Annual Darwin’s Birthday Speaker, Victory Valley College
2004  Manley Lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
2004  Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Award, University of California, Riverside
2003  Keynote speaker, European Science Foundation Meeting on Introgression from Genetically Modified Plants into Wild Relatives and its Consequences, Amsterdam
2002  Member, Advisory Group related to the Article 13 Report on Genetic Diversity of Maize in Mexico, Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America (a NAFTA side agreement organization)
2002  Member, National Research Council Committee on the Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms
2000  AAAS Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
2000   Member, National Research Council Subcommittee on Environmental Impacts Associated with Commercialization of Transgenic Crops: Issues and Approaches to Monitoring
1998  Distinguished speaker, Ecological Genetics Group Meeting, St. Andrews, UK
1997 Graduate, ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program
1993 J. William Fulbright Fellow
1992  National Science Foundation Mid-Career Fellow
1992 Award of Honor, California Cherimoya Association
1988  Eminent Ecologist, W. K. Kellogg Biological Station
1988  Commencement speaker, Department of Botany, University of California, Berkeley
1984  Researcher of the Year, California Rare Fruit Growers

Research Summary:

Dr. Ellstrand's research focuses on the environmental risks of agricultural biotechnology: specifically, the movement of transgenes into natural weed populations to produce corp-weed hybrids; hybridization as both a beneficial and detrimental factor in plant conservation; and gene flow as a factor in plant evolution.

Press Releases:

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

Lab Personnel: 

Heredia, Sylvia
Graduate Student Researcher —
Welles, Shana
Graduate Student Researcher —
Chavez, Nancy; Flores, Jose; Martin, Joseph
Undergraduate Student Researchers —

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director