My primary research interest is preserving, characterizing, and utilizing genetic diversity in alternative crops to meet the needs of Wisconsin farmers. I am also interested in how human interactions with plants, through domestication and breeding, have altered the plant genome and how we can use these selection signatures to trace domestication and improvement throughout history. Additionally, I am interested in using what is already known in the fields of genetics, genomics, molecular biology, breeding, and engineering and applying it crops with fewer resources but potential value in the face of economic and climatic uncertainty.

Program affiliations
Plant Breeding and Genetics

Contact Information
Dr. Shelby Ellison
Department of Horticulture 
1575 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-9796

Dr. Shelby Ellison
Dr. Shelby Ellison, Horticulture | Photo by Michael P. King/UW Madison CALS