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.
Sept 2019: See the latest on our Power Demography Symposium, to be held 8-8 Nov 2019 at the Universoty 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.
Mar 2019: Our new paper on the evolution of specificity in general interactions, with a focus on the orchid mycorrhiza, is accepted in Journal of Ecology.
Dec 2018: Congratulations to visitor Maral Pashirzad for her recent paper on community evolution in mountain rangelands, accepted in Oecologia.