Source: ORNL | Release | December 4, 2017

Gerald Tuskan, ORNL Corporate Fellow and director of ORNL’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is on Clarivate Analytics’ list of highly cited researchers. The listing puts Tuskan among the top one percent of cited researchers in plant and animal sciences worldwide.

The 2017 list focuses on contemporary research achievements through a survey of highly cited papers in science journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection during the 11-year period 2005-2015.

Tuskan, a distinguished scientist in ORNL’s Biosciences Division, will lead the CBI in accelerating the development of new biofuels and bioproducts.  He has authored or co-authored 193 journal articles with 10,159 citations.

Tuskan’s research focuses on the genetic basis of tree growth and development including collaborations on the genome sequences of poplar and, more recently, eucalyptus biofeedstocks. In 2012 he received the Institute of Forest Biotechnology’s Forest Biotechnologist of the Year.

He received his bachelor’s degree in forest management from Northern Arizona University, master’s in forest genetics from Mississippi State University and doctorate in genetics from Texas A&M University.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit