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    Books

  1. Shefferson, R.P., R. Salguero-Gómez, and O. Jones (eds.). In press (expected release in Feb 2017). The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life. Cambridge University Press.
  2. Reviews, Editorials, and Opinion Pieces

  3. Shefferson, R.P. and R. Salguero-Gómez. 2015. Eco-evolutionary dynamics in plants: interactive processes at overlapping timescales and their implications. Journal of Ecology 103:789-797.
  4. Salguero-Gómez, R., R.P. Shefferson, and M.J. Hutchings. 2013. Plants do not count… or do they? New perspectives on the universality of senescence. Journal of Ecology 101:545-554.
  5. Shefferson, R.P. 2010. Why are life histories so variable? Nature Education Knowledge 1(12):1.
  6. Shefferson, R.P. 2009. The evolutionary ecology of vegetative dormancy in mature herbaceous perennial plants. Journal of Ecology 97: 1000-1009.
  7. Research Articles

  8. Kull, T., U. Selgis, M.V. Peciña, M. Metsare, A. Ilves, K. Tali, K. Sepp, K. Kull, and R.P. Shefferson. In press. Factors IUCN threat levels to orchids across Europe on the basis of national red lists. Ecology & Evolution.
  9. Shefferson, R.P., M. Roy, U. Puttsepp, and M.-A. Selosse. 2016. Demographic shifts related to mycoheterotrophy and their fitness impacts in two Cephalanthera species. Ecology 97:1452-1462.
  10. Goolsby, E.W. 2015. Pyhlogenetic comparative methods for evaluating the evoluationary history of function-valued traits. Systematic Biology 64:568-578.
  11. Shefferson, R.P., R.J. Warren II, and H.R. Pulliam. 2014. Life history costs make perfect sprouting maladaptive in two herbaceous perennials. Journal of Ecology 102:1318-1328. (In the news)
  12. Kartzinel, T.R., R.P. Shefferson, and D.W. Trapnell. 2013. Relative importance of pollen and seed dispersal across a Neotropical mountain landscape for an epiphytic orchid. Molecular Ecology 22:6048-6059.
  13. Kartzinel, T.R., D.W. Trapnell, and R.P. Shefferson. 2013. Highly diverse and variable mycorrhizal symbiosis in a rare epiphyte is unrelated to broad biogeographic or environmental features. Molecular Ecology 22:5949-5961.
  14. Bunch, W.D., C.C. Cowden, N. Wurzburger, and R.P. Shefferson. 2013. Geography and soil nutrients drive the distribution of fungal associations in a lady’s slipper orchid, Cypripedium acaule. Botany (formerly Canadian Journal of Botany) 91:850-856.
  15. Kartzinel, T.R., D.W. Trapnell, and R.P. Shefferson. 2013. Critical importance of large native trees for conservation of a rare Neotropical epiphyte. Journal of Ecology 101:1429-1438.
  16. Cowden, C.C. and R.P. Shefferson. 2013. Diversity of root-associated fungi of mature Habenaria radiata and Epipactis thunbergii colonizing manmade wetlands in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Mycoscience 54:327-334.
  17. Shefferson, R.P. and D.A. Roach. 2013. Longitudinal analysis in Plantago: strength of selection and reverse age analysis reveal age-indeterminate senescence. Journal of Ecology 101:577-584.
  18. Shefferson, R.P., T. Kull, K. Tali, and K.M. Kellett. 2012. Linking vegetative dormancy to fitness in two long-lived herbaceous perennials. Ecosphere 3:13.
  19. Shefferson, R.P. and D.A. Roach. 2012. The triple helix of Plantago lanceolata: genetics and the environment interact to determine population dynamics. Ecology 93:793-802.
  20. Brys, R., R.P. Shefferson, and H. Jacquemyn. 2011. Impact of intrinsic and extrinsic variables on flowering and reproductive allocation patterns in a perennial iteroparous grassland herb: a ten-year experiment. Oecologia 166:293-303.
  21. Shefferson, R.P., M.K. McCormick, D.F. Whigham, and J.P. O’Neill. 2011. Life history strategy in herbaceous perennials: inferring demographic patterns from aboveground dynamics of a primarily subterranean, myco-heterotrophic orchid. Oikos 120:1291-1300.
  22. Shefferson, R.P., C.C. Cowden, M.K. McCormick, T. Yukawa, Y. Ogura-Tsujita, and T. Hashimoto. 2010. Evolution of host breadth in broad interactions: mycorrhizal specificity in East Asian and North American rattlesnake plantains (Goodyera spp.) and their fungal hosts. Molecular Ecology 19:3008-3017.
  23. Shefferson, R.P. and D.A. Roach. 2010. Longitudinal analysis of Plantago: adaptive benefits of iteroparity in a short-lived, herbaceous perennial. Ecology 91:441-447.
  24. Yukawa, T., Y. Ogura-Tsujita, R.P. Shefferson, and J. Yokoyama. 2009. Mycorrhizal diversity in Apostasia (Orchidaceae) indicates the origin and evolution of the orchid mycorrhiza. American Journal of Botany 96: 1997-2009.
  25. Mesipuu, M., R.P. Shefferson, and T. Kull. 2009. Weather and herbivores influence fertility in the endangered fern Botrychium multifidum (S.G. Gmel.) Rupr. Plant Ecology 203:23-31.
  26. Shefferson, R.P., T. Kull, and K. Tali. 2008. Mycorrhizal interactions of orchids colonizing Estonian mine tailings hills. American Journal of Botany 95:156-164.
  27. Shefferson, R.P., D.L. Taylor, M. Weiß, S. Garnica, M.K. McCormick, S. Adams, H.M. Gray, J.W. McFarland, T. Kull, K. Tali, T. Yukawa, T. Kawahara, K. Miyoshi, and Y.-I. Lee. 2007. The evolutionary history of mycorrhizal specificity among lady’s slipper orchids. Evolution 61:1380-1390.
  28. Shefferson, R.P. and E. L. Simms. 2007. Costs and benefits of fruiting to future reproduction in two dormancy-prone orchids. Journal of Ecology 95:865-875.
  29. Shefferson, R.P. and K. Tali. 2007. Dormancy is associated with decreased adult survival in the burnt orchid, Neotinea ustulata. Journal of Ecology 95:217-225.
  30. Shefferson, R.P. 2006. Survival costs of adult dormancy and the confounding influence of size in lady’s slipper orchids, genus Cypripedium. Oikos 115:253-262.
  31. Simms, E.L., D.L. Taylor, J. Povich, R.P. Shefferson, M. Urbina, and Y. Tauszick. 2006. An empirical test of partner choice mechanisms in a legume-rhizobium interaction. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, Biological Sciences 273:77-81.
  32. Shefferson, R.P., T. Kull, and K. Tali. 2006. Demographic response to shading and defoliation in two woodland orchids. Folia Geobotanica 41:95-106.
  33. Shefferson, R.P., M. Weiß, T. Kull, and D.L. Taylor. 2005. High specificity generally characterizes mycorrhizal association in rare lady’s slipper orchids, genus Cypripedium. Molecular Ecology 14:613-626.
  34. Shefferson, R.P., T. Kull, and K. Tali. 2005. Adult whole-plant dormancy induced by stress in long-lived orchids. Ecology 86:3099-3104.
  35. Bruns, T. and R.P. Shefferson. 2004. Evolutionary studies of ectomycorrhizal fungi: milestones and future directions. Canadian Journal of Botany 82:1122-1132.
  36. Shefferson, R.P., J. Proper, S.R. Beissinger, and E.L. Simms. 2003. Life history trade-offs in a rare orchid: the costs of flowering, dormancy, and sprouting. Ecology 84:1199-1206.
  37. Shefferson, R.P., B. K. Sandercock, J. Proper, and S. R. Beissinger. 2001. Estimating dormancy and survival of a rare herbaceous perennial using mark-recapture models. Ecology 82:145-156.
  38. Book Chapters

  39. Shefferson, R.P., O.R. Jones, and R. Salguero-Gómez. In press. Introduction: Wilting leaves and rotting branches: reconciling evolutionary perspectives on senescence. Pages XX-YY in Shefferson, R.P., R. Salguero-Gomez, and O. Jones (eds). The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life. Cambridge University Press.
  40. Shefferson, R.P. and C.C. Cowden. In press. Senescence in the wild: plant-fungal symbioses. Pages XX-YY in Shefferson, R.P., R. Salguero-Gomez, and O. Jones (eds). The Evolution of Senescence in the Tree of Life. Cambridge University Press.
  41. Shefferson, R.P. 2002. Dormancy and survival in rare terrestrial orchids. Pages 53-66 in Kindlmann, P., J.H. Willems, and D.F. Whigham (eds.). Trends and Fluctuations and Underlying Mechanisms In Terrestrial Orchid Populations. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  42. Special Issues

  43. Shefferson, R.P. and R. Salguero-Gomez. 2015. Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in plants. Journal of Ecology.
  44. Salguero-Gomez, R. and Shefferson, R.P. (eds.). 2013. New perspectives in whole-plant senescence. Journal of Ecology 101:3.
  45. Other Articles (General Interest, Public, Magazine Articles, etc.)

  46. Shefferson, R.P. 2013. Introduction to virtual issue: In honour of Michael Hutchings. Journal of Ecology.
  47. Shefferson, R.P. 2013. Living the ecological good life in Kyoto. Kyoto University Center for Ecological Research News 122:3.
  48. Dissertations and Theses

  49. Kellett, Kimberly. Dissertation.
  50. Coughlin, Erin. MS thesis.
  51. Bunch, William. MS thesis.
  52. Kartzinel, T. Dissertation.
  53. Shefferson, R.P. 2004. Evolutionary ecology of rare geophytes: dormancy and mycorrhizae in Cypripedium species. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California. 199p.
  54. Shefferson, R.P. 2000. Demographic applications of mark-recapture models to populations of rare herbaceous perennials. M.S. thesis, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California. 95p.