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.


  • Shelby, Ruth and their coauthors, Dana Olofson (former undergrad assistant to the Chamaecrista project) and Nick Jordan (UMN Agronomy and Plant Genetics) have had their paper “Population source affects competitive response and effect in a C4 grass (Panicum virgatum L.)” accepted by Restoration Ecology. 

News Archive

Spring 2019

  • Naomi Rushing passed her preliminary oral exam and is now a PhD candidate! congratulations Naomi!
  • Shelby Flint accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Biology program at Southwest Minnesota State University and will be starting there in January 2020. Congratulations Shelby!
  • Anna Peschel was awarded a Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the graduate school for the 2019-2020 academic year. Congratulations Anna!
  • Emma Boehm has accepted a PhD position at Indiana University Bloomington with Dr. Jennifer Lau. Congratulations Emma!
  • Naomi Rushing and Anna Peschel have been awarded the Walter Crosby Grant