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.


  • Samantha DelSerra, an EEB student co-advised by Peter Tiffin, and incoming EEB student Naomi Rushing have joined the research group. Welcome, Sam and Naomi!
  • Mason Kulbaba has been hired as the post-doctoral research assistant for the Chamaecrista Project and will be joining the lab in June. Welcome, Mason!
  • Rachel has been hired by the Science Museum of Minnesota. In addition to her work on the Chamaecrista Project, she’ll be focusing on ethnobotanical exhibits at the museum.

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