Shelby Ellison

Department of Horticulture, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences


Ph.D., Genetics, University of California, Davis, CA
B.S., Genetics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Shelby Ellison is an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at UW-Madison and a member of the graduate programs Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, Agroecology and Horticulture. Her research interests include preserving, characterizing and utilizing genetic diversity in alternative crops. She is 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. Ellison is currently working with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and extension educators to identify best production practices for emerging crops in Wisconsin and beyond. She teaches the undergraduate courses ‘The Science of Cannabis’ and ‘Survey of Horticulture’.