Matt Rutter

College of Charleston

Address: RITA 231, Department of Biology, Charleston, SC 29424


Ph.D., 2002, Duke University

Research Interests

  • Plant ecology, genetics and evolution

Current research projects

  • Quantifying the effects of mutation on fitness in a model genetic plant (Arabidopsis thaliana) in its native European range
  • Describing fitness effects of mutations at known locations within the genome, using both spontaneous mutations and induced knockout mutations
  • Restoration ecology of a native annual plant-- the potential benefits and consequences of using a plant to alleviate soil cadmium contamination
  • Using a bioinformatic, whole-genome approach to examine the relationship between gene conservation, gene expression and fitness in Arabidopsis thaliana


  • Rutter, M.T., F.H. Shaw and C. B. Fenster. 2010. Spontaneous mutation parameters for Arabidopsis thaliana measured in the wild. Evolution 64:1825-1835.
  • Rutter, M.T. and C.B. Fenster. 2007. Testing for adaptation to climate inArabidopsis thaliana: a calibrated common garden approach.  Annals of Botany99: 529-536.
  • Kephart, S., R.J. Reynolds, M.T. Rutter, C.B. Fenster, and M.R. Dudash. 2006. Pollination and seed predation by moths on Silene and allied Caryophyllaceae: Evaluating a model system to study the evolution of mutualisms. New Phytologist 169: 667-680.
  • Rutter, M.T. 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.
  • Rutter, M.T. and R.A. Zufall. 2004.  Pathway length and evolutionary constraint in amino acid biosynthesis.  Journal of Molecular Evolution 58: 218-224.