Welcome to Ruth G. Shaw’s Research Group in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota

We study evolutionary processes in contemporary plant populations. A central goal of our research is to clarify the dynamics of evolutionary change in nature, using a combination of quantitative genetics, population biology, and field experiments. Recurring and ongoing themes of our research include adaptation to climate change and evolutionary consequences of severe fragmentation of populations. Explore this site further for descriptions of our current work.


  • Ruth is the 2017 recipient of the Sewall Wright Award from the American Society of Naturalists. This annual award “honors a senior but still active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society’s goals, namely, promoting the conceptual unification of the biological sciences”. Congratulations, Ruth!
  • Rachel has been accepted into graduate programs at the Yale School of Forestry, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota. Congratulations, Rachel!

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