Principal Investigator at KU since 2013
Leo studies the phylogenetics of fishes using anatomical, morphometric, and genomic analyses to understand character evolution and fish diversification.
Near, T.J., Eytan, R.I., Dornburg, A., Kuhn, K.L., Moore, J.A., Davis, M.P., Wainwright, P.C., Friedman, M., and Smith, W.L. 2012. Resolution of ray-finned fish phylogeny and timing of diversification. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 109:13698-13703.
Undergraduate Honors Researcher since 2014
Jenny is conducting independent research on the comparative anatomy and evolution of venomous sharks.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2014
Now, assistant professor at St. Cloud State University
Matt studies the evolution and diversification of bioluminescent and deep-sea fishes.
Davis, M.P., Holcroft, N.I., Wiley, E.O., Sparks, J.S., and Smith, W.L. 2014. Species-specific bioluminescence facilitates speciation in the deep sea. Mar. Biol. 161:1139-1148.
Nicholas J. Lang
Postdoctoral Fellow 2008-2011
Now, instructor at Lane Tech in Chicago
Nick studied the phylogenetics of darters and lampreys.
Lang, N.J., Mayden, R.L. 2007. Systematics of the subgenus Oligocephalus (Teleostei: Percidae: Etheostoma) with complete subgeneric sampling of the genus Etheostoma. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 43:605-615.
Doctoral Student 2007-2012
Now, genomics postdoc at the Smithsonian Institution
Rebecca studies the use of complete genomic data in phylogenetics.
Doctoral Student 2010-2013
Now, doctoral student with Shannon Hackett after Smith Lab moved to KU
Tim studies the diversification of characoids after their invasion into Middle America.
Balete, D.S., Rickart, E.A., Heaney, L.R., Alviola, P.A., Duya, M.V., Duya, M.R.M., Sosa, T., Jansa, S.A. 2012. Archboldomys (Muridae: Murinae) reconsidered: A new genus and three new species of shrew mice from Luzon Island, Philippines
Amer. Mus. Novitates 3754:1-60.
Undergraduate Intern 2011
Now, doctoral student at Kansas State University
Elizabeth studied the molecular phylogenetics of scorpionfishes.