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Dr. Ruth Shaw

Students interested in ongoing evolution in natural plant populations are encouraged to apply for graduate study under the supervision of Ruth Shaw. Ongoing research includes studies of ecological and evolutionary consequences of severe fragmentation of prairie plant populations (visit echinacea.umn.edu). A new project to evaluate the geographic scale of local adaptation of prairie plants, as well as their adaptive potential, is expected to begin summer, 2011. Graduate students may choose to develop research that is independent of these projects: current students are investigating, for example, the evolution of species range limits (J. Stanton-Geddes), differentiation among tree populations with respect to local climate (M. Warwell), and adaptation of a noxious weed to its biological control agent (G. Quiram).