A. Jonathan Shaw, Professor  

A. Jonathan Shaw

My research centers on the evolution and diversity of bryophytes. Current projects in the lab include molecular phylogenetic analyses of familial and ordinal level relationships in the arthrodontous mosses, studies of hybridization using molecular and morphological markers, and investigations of cryptic speciation within geographically widespread species. My own particular focus (as opposed to those of post-docs and graduate students in the lab) at present is the genus Sphagnum (peatmosses). Ongoing research is grounded in phylogenetic analyses at various levels of biological organization from populations up to genus-wide. We utilize DNA sequence data from the nuclear, chloroplast, and mitochondrial genomes to infer historical processes of biodiversification. I have a special interest in the genetic structure of both rare and widespread species. Morphological and molecular information is being used to explore geographic patterns in phylogenetic diversity within the peatmosses. Of particular interest are biogeographic relationships between boreal, tropical, and Southern Hemisphere taxa, and between New and Old World taxa. Our data base presently includes nucleotide sequences from multiple loci representing some 500-600 accessions of peatmosses. Additional information about this ongoing work can be found here. The bryology laboratory is engaged in ongoing collaborative research projects with the New York Botanical Garden, the University of Connecticut, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the University of Alberta. Additional information about these projects can be found here. I serve as Curator of the Bryophyte Herbarium, which includes approximately 230,000 collections of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. The collections represent a central resource for bryological research at Duke, and we are actively integrating molecular investigations with field work and collections- based approaches.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1983
M.S., University of Alberta (Canada), 1980
B.S., Cornell University, 1977

Office Location: Box 90338, 137 Bio Sciences, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-7344
Email Address: shaw@duke.edu
Web Page: http://www.biology.duke.edu/bryology

Specialties:
Evolution
Systematics

Research Categories: Evolution and diversity of bryophytes

Current projects: Phylogeny and biogeography of peatmosses (Sphagnum), Resolving the moss Tree-of-Life

Research Description: My research centers on the evolution and diversity of bryophytes. Current projects in the lab include molecular phylogenetic analyses of familial and ordinal level relationships in the arthrodontous mosses, studies of hybridization using molecular and morphological markers, and investigations of cryptic speciation within geographically widespread species. My own particular focus (as opposed to those of post-docs and graduate students in the lab) at present is the genus Sphagnum (peatmosses). Ongoing research is grounded in phylogenetic analyses at various levels of biological organization from populations up to genus-wide. We utilize DNA sequence data from the nuclear, chloroplast, and mitochondrial genomes to infer historical processes of biodiversification. I have a special interest in the genetic structure of both rare and widespread species. Morphological and molecular information is being used to explore geographic patterns in phylogenetic diversity within the peatmosses. Of particular interest are biogeographic relationships between boreal, tropical, and Southern Hemisphere taxa, and between New and Old World taxa. Our data base presently includes nucleotide sequences from multiple loci representing some 500-600 accessions of peatmosses. Additional information about this ongoing work can be found here. The bryology laboratory is engaged in ongoing collaborative research projects with the New York Botanical Garden, the University of Connecticut, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the University of Alberta. Additional information about these projects can be found here. I serve as Curator of the Bryophyte Herbarium, which includes approximately 230,000 collections of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts. The collections represent a central resource for bryological research at Duke, and we are actively integrating molecular investigations with field work and collections- based approaches.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Piatkowski, BT; Shaw, AJ, Functional trait evolution in Sphagnum peat mosses and its relationship to niche construction., The New Phytologist, vol. 223 no. 2 (July, 2019), pp. 939-949 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Liu, Y; Johnson, MG; Cox, CJ; Medina, R; Devos, N; Vanderpoorten, A; Hedenäs, L; Bell, NE; Shevock, JR; Aguero, B; Quandt, D; Wickett, NJ; Shaw, AJ; Goffinet, B, Resolution of the ordinal phylogeny of mosses using targeted exons from organellar and nuclear genomes., Nature Communications, vol. 10 no. 1 (April, 2019), pp. 1485 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Kyrkjeeide, MO; Hassel, K; Aguero, B; Temsch, EM; Afonina, OM; Shaw, AJ; Stenøien, HK; Flatberg, KI, Sphagnum ×lydiae, the first allotriploid peatmoss in the northern hemisphere, The Bryologist, vol. 122 no. 1 (January, 2019), pp. 38-38, American Bryological and Lichenological Society [doi] .
  4. Medina, R; Johnson, MG; Liu, Y; Wickett, NJ; Shaw, AJ; Goffinet, B, Phylogenomic delineation of Physcomitrium (Bryophyta: Funariaceae) based on targeted sequencing of nuclear exons and their flanking regions rejects the retention of Physcomitrella, Physcomitridium and Aphanorrhegma, Journal of Systematics and Evolution, vol. 57 no. 4 (January, 2019), pp. 404-417 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Shaw, AJ; Carter, BE; Aguero, B; da Costa, DP; Crowl, AA, Range change evolution of peat mosses (Sphagnum) within and between climate zones., Global Change Biology, vol. 25 no. 1 (January, 2019), pp. 108-120 [doi]  [abs].

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