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.


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  • Congratulations to Ellison Lab Undergraduate Research Assistants!

    Congratulations to our Undergraduate Research Assistants Cheyanne Mattie (CALS), Chloe Zimmer (CALS), and Dylan Mahant (College of Letters and Science) who successfully graduated with an Undergraduate Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Cheyanne, Chloe, and …

  • Congratulations to Sean Kim on a Successful Thesis Defense!

      Congratulations to Sean Kim who successfully defended his thesis, entitled “Genetic and Environmental Factors Shaping Cannabis Phenotypes: A Study on Temperature Effects and Genetic Regulation of Anthocyanin Accumulation in Cannabis sativa.” Prior to his …

  • Hemp Research Field Day: August 20!

    Greetings! The Ellison Lab in the Department of Plant and Agroecosystem Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites you to join us for a field day about the latest hemp research being conducted here at the …

  • Dr. Shelby Ellison Presents at 2024 Cornell Hemp Webinar Series!

    The Ellison Lab in the Horticulture Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison welcomes you to join us as part of the 3rd annual Hemp Webinar Series hosted by Cornell University.  “These talks will explore a diverse …

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Plant Breeding and Genetics

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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