The Shefferson Lab is the Plant/Fungal Evolutionary Ecology Lab at the University of Tokyo's Organization for Programs in Environmental Science and Dept. of General Systems Studies. We study the eco-evolutionary dynamics and context of plants and fungi, with a particular focus on long-lived herbaceous perennials, such as orchids.

東京大学 広域システム科学系OPESにある4つの進化生態学研究室のうち、植物と菌類の進化生態学を扱うのがシェファーソン研です。私たちは、特に寿命の長い植物種とそれらに共生する菌類に注目して、植物と菌類のエコエボリューショナリーダイナミックスに関する研究をしています。国内留学に興味をお持ちの学部生・大学院生・ポスドクのみなさん、ご連絡をお待ちしております!

Recent news

Oct 2019: Our latest paper reviewing orchid demography has been accepted for publication by the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society.
Sept 2019: Congratulations to graduate students Eric Holton and Colin Peros for winning the Interdisciplinary Sciences travel grants to go to BES 2019 in Belfast.
Sept 2019: See the latest on our Power Demography Symposium, to be held 8-8 Nov 2019 at the University of Tokyo's Komaba Campus.
Sept 2019: Congratulations to Eric Holton and Lei Ann Watanuki on earning their MS and BS! We also welcome new MS student Jin Cao and new post-doc Shun Kurokawa to the lab.
Jul 2019: A special issue of Journal of Ecology devoted to the macroevolution of ecological interactions, edited by R.P. Shefferson, has been published.
Jul 2019: Congratulations to undergraduate student Lei Ann Watanuki on successfully defending her BS thesis.
Jun 2019: Congratulations to graduate student Eric Holton on successfully defending his MS thesis.
Jun 2019: See our new special issue of the Journal of Ecology on macroevolutionary perspectives on biotic interactions.
Jun 2019: Our Power Demography Workshop went splendidly this month. Three days of amazing demography!
Apr 2019: The Shefferson lab receives funding to pursue work exploring evolutionary aspects of plant population dynamics.

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