A. Jonathan Shaw

Professor of Biology

Office: 
Rm 139, Bio Phy Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
Phone: 
(919) 660-7344
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

Goffinet, B, and Shaw, AJ. Bryophyte biology, second edition. January 1, 2008. Full Text

Goffinet, B, Buck, WR, and Shaw, AJ. "Morphology, anatomy, and classification of the bryophyta." In Bryophyte Biology, Second Edition, 55-138. January 1, 2008. Full Text

Shaw, AJ. "Bryophyte species and speciation." In Bryophyte Biology, Second Edition, 445-486. January 1, 2008. Full Text

Jonathan Shaw, A, Devos, N, Liu, Y, Cox, CJ, Goffinet, B, Flatberg, KI, and Shaw, B. "Organellar phylogenomics of an emerging model system: Sphagnum (peatmoss)." Annals of botany 118, no. 2 (August 2016): 185-196. Full Text

Shaw, AJ, Shaw, B, Johnson, MG, Devos, N, Stenøien, HK, Flatberg, KI, and Carter, BE. "Phylogenetic structure and biogeography of the Pacific Rim clade of Sphagnum subgen. Subsecunda : haploid and allodiploid taxa." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116, no. 2 (October 2015): 295-311. Full Text

Ye, W, Gradstein, SR, Shaw, AJ, Shaw, B, Ho, B-C, Schäfer-Verwimp, A, Pócs, T, Heinrichs, J, and Zhu, R-L. "Phylogeny and Classification of Lejeuneaceae Subtribe Cheilolejeuneinae (Marchantiophyta) Based on Nuclear and Plastid Molecular Markers." Cryptogamie, Bryologie 36, no. 4 (October 2015): 313-333. Full Text

Weston, DJ, Timm, CM, Walker, AP, Gu, L, Muchero, W, Schmutz, J, Shaw, AJ, Tuskan, GA, Warren, JM, and Wullschleger, SD. "Sphagnum physiology in the context of changing climate: emergent influences of genomics, modelling and host-microbiome interactions on understanding ecosystem function." Plant, cell & environment 38, no. 9 (September 2015): 1737-1751. (Review) Full Text

Patiño, J, Carine, M, Mardulyn, P, Devos, N, Mateo, RG, González-Mancebo, JM, Shaw, AJ, and Vanderpoorten, A. "Approximate Bayesian Computation Reveals the Crucial Role of Oceanic Islands for the Assembly of Continental Biodiversity." Systematic biology 64, no. 4 (July 2015): 579-589. Full Text

Johnson, MG, and Shaw, AJ. "Genetic diversity, sexual condition, and microhabitat preference determine mating patterns in S phagnum (Sphagnaceae) peat-mosses." Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 115, no. 1 (May 2015): 96-113. Full Text

Shaw, B, Crandall-Stotler, B, Váňa, J, Stotler, RE, von Konrat, M, Engel, JJ, Davis, EC, Long, DG, Sova, P, and Shaw, AJ. "Phylogenetic Relationships and Morphological Evolution in a Major Clade of Leafy Liverworts (Phylum Marchantiophyta, Order Jungermanniales): Suborder Jungermanniineae." Systematic Botany 40, no. 1 (February 1, 2015): 27-45. Full Text

Shaw, AJ, Shaw, B, Stenøien, HK, Golinski, GK, Hassel, K, and Flatberg, KI. "Pleistocene survival, regional genetic structure and interspecific gene flow among three northern peat-mosses: Sphagnum inexspectatum , S. orientale and S. miyabeanum." Edited by M Carine. Journal of Biogeography 42, no. 2 (February 2015): 364-376. Full Text

Weston, DJ, Timm, CM, Walker, AP, Gu, L, Muchero, W, Schmutz, J, Shaw, AJ, Tuskan, GA, Warren, JM, and Wullschleger, SD. "Sphagnum physiology in the context of changing climate: Emergent influences of genomics, modelling and host-microbiome interactions on understanding ecosystem function." Plant, Cell and Environment 38, no. 9 (January 1, 2015): 1737-1751. (Review) Full Text

Johnson, MG, Granath, G, Tahvanainen, T, Pouliot, R, Stenøien, HK, Rochefort, L, Rydin, H, and Shaw, AJ. "Evolution of niche preference in Sphagnum peat mosses." Evolution; international journal of organic evolution 69, no. 1 (January 2015): 90-103. Full Text

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Collaborative Research:AToL: Assembling the Pleurocarp Tree of Life: Resolving the Rapid Radiation Using Genomics and awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

ARTS: Collaborative Research: A Model Systematic Treatment of a Hyper-Diverse Line awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2017

Applying methods for the study of plant microbe interactions awarded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Digitization TCN: Collaborative Research: North American Lichens and Bryophytes awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2016

REVSYS: Systematics and evolution of the "Pacific Rim Clade" awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2014

PEET: Systematics of the Daltoniaceae (Bryophyta) awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2012

ATOL: Collaborative Research - Assembling the liverwort tree of life awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Speciation and hybridization in the moss genus Sphagnum awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2010

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