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.


Summer 2020

We are excited to announce that Nicholas Goldsmith as been awarded a 2020-2021 Science and Technology Policy Fellowship with the AAAS! Nicholas is among 284 highly trained scientists and engineers who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow. The U.S. government benefits from the contributions of highly trained scientists and engineers while they learn first-hand about federal policy making and implementation. Congratulations Nicholas!

News Archive

Spring 2020

We were sorry to bid farewell to Shelby Flint, who is beginning in a faculty position at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Through her postdoc years working on the Healthy Prairies project, Shelby has been a terrific leader and mentor. We’re sorry she won’t be just down the hall, but we wish her the very best in her new position, and, since she’s not SO far away, we look forward to her continuing involvement in Healthy Prairies!

Ruth Shaw is now president of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Congratulations Ruth!

Fall 2019

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. 

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