Matt Rutter

Associate Professor

Address: RITA 231
Phone: 843.953.7113


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.

Topics of Interest

The contribution of mutation to evolutionary processes, ecological genomics, plant genetics, Arabidopsis thaliana, building a database of phenotypes of single-knockout mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana, measuring the effects of spontaneous mutation in natural conditions, phytoremediation and restoration ecology, Chamaecrista fasciculata.

Courses Taught

BIOL 102: Concepts and Applications in Biology II
BIOL 211: Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology
BIOL 350: Evolution
EVSS 610: Environmental Biology 


M.T. Rutter, K. V. Cross and P.A. Van Woert.  Birth, Death and subfunctionalization in the Arabidopsis genome.  Trends in Plant Sciences, In press.

M.T. Rutter, A. Roles, J.K. Conner, R.G. Shaw, F.H. Shaw, K. Schneeberger, S. Ossowski, D. Weigel, and C.B. Fenster. Fitness of Arabidopsis thaliana mutation accumulation lines whose spontaneous mutations are known. Evolution, in press.

M.T. Rutter, F.H. Shaw and C. B. Fenster. 2010. Spontaneous mutation parameters for Arabidopsis thaliana measured in the wild. Evolution 64:1825-1835.

M.T. Rutter and C.B. Fenster. 2007. Testing for adaptation to climate in Arabidopsis thaliana: a calibrated common garden approach. Annals of Botany 99: 529-536.

M.T. Rutter and M.D. Rausher. 2004. Natural selection on extrafloral nectar production in Chamaecrista fasciculata: the costs and benefits of a mutualist trait. Evolution 58: 2657-2668.

M.T. Rutter and R.A. Zufall. 2004.  Pathway length and evolutionary constraint in amino acid biosynthesis. Journal of Molecular Evolution 58: 218-224