Ruth Shaw, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Shaw's work and field-shaping contributions to evolutionary quantitative genetics have influenced many in her own field.
With her colleagues, Shaw boosted our understanding of the fitness consequences of de novo mutations. More recently, she has developed foundational methods to measure fitness and assess the capacity for ongoing adaptive evolution in natural populations. She and her colleagues are using these approaches in studies of plant populations in Minnesota’s highly fragmented prairies.
Learn more about Ruth's work and research.