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.
Apr 2018: Congratulations to lab alumnus Eric Goolsby, who just accepted an offer to join the faculty of the University of Central Florida as a new assistant professor!
Apr 2018: A new paper in American Journal of Botany by colleague Sarah Unruh explores the evolution of the lady's slipper orchids via next gen genomic methods.
Mar 2018: Read the Shefferson lab latest - a global exploration of the drivers of vegetative dormancy across the Plant Kingdom, out in Ecology Letters this month.
Dec 2017: The Shefferson lab has two new papers accepted for publication in a special issue of Population Ecology focused on evoutionary demography. Congrats to lab alumnus Kimmy Kellett and lab head R. Shefferson!
Sept 2017: Welcome new graduate student Eric Holton to the Shefferson lab! Also, welcome Reuben Margerison, a PhD student visiting from the University of Manchester!
Jun 2017: Congrats to collaborator Mike Ulyshen, on the publication of our co-authored paper on the ecology of Pinus taeda plantations in the American South.