M Rutter

Matt Rutter

Professor, Academic Director, Stono Preserve


Ph.D. - Duke University
A.B. - Harvard University

Research Interests

My interests are at the interface of evolution, genomics and ecology.  I use plants as my study organisms, primarily the model genetic plant Arabidopsis thaliana.  Much of my recent research investigates the contribution of mutation to evolutionary processes in a variety of ecological contexts. I am also part of the unPAK project (undergraduates Phenotyping Arabidopsis knockouts) which is building a database of phenotypes of single-knockout mutants in A. thaliana

Courses Taught

BIOL 211: Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
BIOL 305: Genetics
BIOL 350: Evolution
EVSS 610: Environmental Biology

Honors & Awards 

William V. Moore Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Award, 2022
Gordon E. Jones Distinguished Achievement Award, 2022             
Michael J. Auerbach Award for Excellence in Student Research Mentorship, 2020

Selected Publications

Monroe, J.G., Srikant, T., Carbonell-Bejerano, P., Becker, C., Lensink, M., Exposito-Alonso, M., Klein, M., Hildebrandt, J., Neumann, M., Kliebenstein, D. and Weng, M.L., 2022. Mutation bias reflects natural selection in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature, 602(7895), pp.101-105. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04269-6

Weng, M.L., Ågren, J., Imbert, E., Nottebrock, H., Rutter, M.T. and Fenster, C.B., 2021. Fitness effects of mutation in natural populations of Arabidopsis thaliana reveal a complex influence of local adaptation. Evolution, 75(2), pp.330-348. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14152

Jensen-Ryan, D., Murren, C.J., Bisner, A., Rutter, M.T. and Strand, A., 2021. Engaging undergraduates in research experiences at a distance: Insights and recommendations for remote UREs. Journal of microbiology & biology education, 22(1), pp.10-1128. https://journals.asm.org/doi/abs/10.1128/jmbe.v22i1.2375

Rutter, M.T., Bisner, A.M., Kohler, C., Morgan, K., Musselman, O., Pickel, J., Tan, J., Yamasaki, Y., Willson, J., Callahan, H.S. and Strand, A.E., 2020. Disrupting the disruptors: the consequences of mutations in mobile elements for ecologically important life history traits. Evolutionary Ecology, 34, pp.363-377.

Rutter, M.T., Murren, C.J., Callahan, H.S., Bisner, A.M., Leebens‐Mack, J., Wolyniak, M.J. and Strand, A.E., 2019. Distributed phenomics with the un PAK project reveals the effects of mutations. The Plant Journal, 100(1), pp.199-211. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/tpj.14427

Weng, M.L., Becker, C., Hildebrandt, J., Neumann, M., Rutter, M.T., Shaw, R.G., Weigel, D. and Fenster, C.B., 2019. Fine-grained analysis of spontaneous mutation spectrum and frequency in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics, 211(2), pp.703-714. https://academic.oup.com/genetics/article/211/2/703/5931174

Rutter, M.T., Wieckowski, Y.M., Murren, C.J. and Strand, A.E., 2017. Fitness effects of mutation: testing genetic redundancy in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30(6), pp.1124-1135.

Henson, T.M., Cory, W. and Rutter, M.T., 2013. Extensive variation in cadmium tolerance and accumulation among populations of Chamaecrista fasciculata. PloS one, 8(5), p.e63200.

Rutter, M.T., Cross, K.V. and Van Woert, P.A., 2012. Birth, death and subfunctionalization in the Arabidopsis genome. Trends in plant science, 17(4), pp.204-212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2012.01.006

Valentine ME, Wolyniak MJ, Rutter MT. 2012. Extensive Phenotypic Variation among Allelic T-DNA Inserts in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44981. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0044981