Chad Finn

Courtesy Appointment, Research Geneticist & Small Fruit Breeder
chad.finn [at]

Office: 541-738-4037

Our research program has three primary objectives:

  • to develop blackberry, red and black raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry cultivars for the commercial small fruit industry.
  • to expand germplasm available to plant breeders by collecting wild species of Rubus, Vaccinium and Fragaria. This material is then evaluated and incorporated into advanced breeding material.
  • identification and evaluation of potential new small fruit crops.

Active in all stages of berry breeding from parental selection through cultivar release. Program has released over three dozen berry cultivars that are grown around the world.

Collected and evaluated many species from around the world particularly China, Andean S. America, and the US for their usefulness as breeding material.

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Affiliated with: 
Do you accept grad students?: 
I accept graduate students for Horticulture
Courses Taught: 
  • Co-teach HORT 251
  • Guest lecture in horticulture and plant breeding courses
Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

My spouse and I are passionate horticulturists at home as well as professionally and cannot drive by a good nursery without stopping. While no desire to live there, we cannot get enough of camping and hiking in southern Utah and Four Corners area.

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