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Kruti Shukla

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Kruti Shukla developed three manuscripts that are in review, in her first year alone, exploring the potential for crop-wild hybridization.

Education:

Molecular Science PhD '17 (expected)

Research Interests:

Upon arriving at Ryerson, Kruti Shukla developed three manuscripts that are in review, in her first year alone! All explore the potential for crop-wild hybridization to have significant evolutionary and ecological consequences.

She has started a series of field experiments that explore whether invasiveness is a consequence of genetic predisposition or environmental conditions (or a combination of the two). Building upon a five-year experimental evolution experiment, she’s now investigating a series of common gardens to compare phenotypic, physiological and demographic traits as well as the rate of evolution among hybrid and non-hybrid populations. What’s been impressive is that Kruti has expanded this research program into physiological ecology. Her work may not only lead to practical strategies that will improve weed control--it also demands that we reconsider our approach to transgene risk assessment and the utility of rate of evolution estimates.

Position Currently Held:

Student