Once phylogenies have been constructed, as an evolutionary biologist, there are a number of questions we may wish to ask. Of particular interest to me are questions about geography and the evolution of particular ecological niches. Specifically, I develop methods for and ask questions regarding biogeography and phylogenies. These include methods for large scale biogeography including those implemented in the program lagrange (with Rick Ree) as well as studies involving niche modeling.

Relevant publications

  • Smith, S. A. and M. J. Donoghue. 2010. Combining Historical Biogeography with Niche Modeling in the Caprifolium Clade of Lonicera (Caprifoliaceae, Dipsacales). Syst. Biol. 590: 322-341. pdf
  • E. Edwards and S. A. Smith. 2010. Phylogenetic analyses reveal the shady history of C4 grasses. PNAS. 107: 2532-2538. pdf
  • Smith, S. A. 2009. Taking into account phylogenetic and divergence-time uncertainty in a parametric biogeographic analysis of the Northern Hemisphere plant clade Caprifolieae. Journal of Biogeography. pdf
  • Ree, R. H. and S. A. Smith. 2008. Maximum-likelihood Inference of Geographic Range Evolution by Dispersal, Local Extinction, and Cladogenesis. Syst. Biol. 57: 4-14. pdf
  • Evans, M. E., S. A. Smith, R. E. Flynn and M. J. Donoghue. 2009. Climate, niche evolution, and diversification of the “bird-cage” evening primroses (Oenothera, sections Anogra and Kleinia). American Naturalistpdf
  • Cellinese, N., S. A. Smith, E. J. Edwards, S. T. Kim, R. C. Haberle, M. Avramakis and M. J. Donoghue. in press. Historical biogeography of the endemic Campanulaceae of Crete. Journal of Biogeography.