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 receives the John S. Anderson Leadership Award from the College of Biological Sciences! Congratulations Ruth!
  • 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!

 News Archive

  • Naomi Rushing and Anna Peschel have been awarded the Walter Crosby Grant from the University of Minnesota Graduate School for research funds! Congratulations!
  • Whitney Watson was accepted into the Wildlife Ecology MS program at UW Madison. Congratulations Whitney!
  • 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