LAB MEMBERS

   

Leo Smith

Principal Investigator at KU since 2013

@fishphylogeny

Leo studies the phylogenetics of fishes using anatomical, morphometric, and genomic analyses to understand character evolution and fish diversification.

Representative publication: 

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.

Jennifer Stern

Undergraduate Honors Researcher since 2014

Jenny is conducting independent research on the comparative anatomy and evolution of venomous sharks.

   

Matthew Girard

Doctoral Aspirant at KU since 2014

@marineiac_matt

Matt studies the evolution of marine fishes, focusing on coral reef fish phylogenetics and morphology.

LAB ALUMNI

Matthew P. Davis

Postdoctoral Fellow 2012-2014

Now, assistant professor at St. Cloud State University

Matt studies the evolution and diversification of bioluminescent and deep-sea fishes.

Representative publication:
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.

Representative publication:
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.

Rebecca B. Dikow

Doctoral Student 2007-2012

Now, genomics postdoc at the Smithsonian Institution

Rebecca studies the use of complete genomic data in phylogenetics.

Representative publication:
Dikow, R.B. 2011. Genome-level homology and phylogeny of Shewanella (Gammaproteobacteria: Alteromonadales: Shewanellaceae). BMC Genomics 12:237.

Timothy Sosa

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.

Representative publication:
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.

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Elizabeth Everman

Undergraduate Intern 2011

Now, doctoral student at Kansas State University

Elizabeth studied the molecular phylogenetics of scorpionfishes.

Representative publication:
Everman, E. and Klawinski, P. 2013. Human-facilitated jump dispersal of a non-native frog species on Hawai'i Island. J. Biogeog. 40:1961-1970.

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