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 Shaw has been elected president of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Congratulations Ruth!
  • Nicholas Goldsmith has successfully defended his dissertation. Congratulations Nicholas!
  • Ruth Shaw has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Ruth!
  • Will Reed has graduated from the U of M – CONGRATULATIONS, Will!! and moved on to the Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado, where he will work with Nancy Emery.  Best wishes to you, Will!!!
  • Shelby Flint and her co-authors, Ruth and Nicholas Jordan, have a paper published in Ecological Applications. Flint, S. A., Jordan, N. R. and Shaw, R. G. (2018), Plant community response to switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) population source in establishing prairies. Ecol Appl. . doi:10.1002/eap.1772

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