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 2021

Ruth gives the SSE Presidential Address at the 2021 Virtual Evolution Meeting: “Entanglement of genomic and environmental influences on organismal fitness: its bearing on two research programs.” A list of works cited can be found here.

Shelby Flint, Ruth Shaw, and Nicholas Jordan published a paper in Sustainability: “Effects of selection regime on invasive characteristics in an emerging biomass crop, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.).”


Naomi, Shelby, and Ruth had their paper, “Latitude of seed source impacts flowering phenology and fitness in translocated plant populations,” published in Restoration Ecology.


Spring 2021

Anna, Ruth, and Emma had their paper “Estimating the capacity of Chamaecrista fasciculata for adaptation to change in precipitation” published in Evolution.


News Archive

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!