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.