PI: Stephen A. Smith

I work on questions related to plant evolution (e.g., biogeography, age, pattern), detecting and describing large scale patterns of evolution, examining differences in the rate of molecular evolution, and biogeographic patterns. A great deal of this involves the development of new methods and new computational tools. More information on projects related to these topics can be found on the projects page. My faculty page is here. You can get my cv here.




Joseph Brown


 Joseph is working on the Open Tree of Life project. He is also interesting in comparative methods and large evolutionary analyses. He has also been known to care quite a bit about birds.



Ning Wang

Just joined the lab and is working on bird evolution, phylogenomics, and phylogenetic conflict.



Oscar Mauricio Vargas Hernandez

Just joined the lab and is working with Chris Dick as well. Oscar is working on Andean plant evolution.



Greg Stull

Comes to us from the NSF collections postdoc program.








Graduate Students:

Joseph Walker

Joe a graduate student working on mammal molecular evolution and phylogenomics.





Lijun Zhao 

Lijun just joined the lab!





Drew Larson 

Drew just joined the lab and is working with Chris Dick as well.





and you!


Undergraduate Students:

Jordan Shore

Jordan is working on programming and transcriptomics.

Sonia Ahluwalia

Sonia is working on gene duplications and functional phylogenomics of carnivorous plants.

 Past people:

Ya Yangyang

Ya was a postdoc working on transcriptomics and is now a professor at UMinn! Her website can be found here.






James PeaseJamesPease

James was a postdoc and got a position at Wake Forest in 2016!




Cody Hinchliffcody

Cody is working with Joseph on the Open Tree of Life project. He is also interested in methods for building really large phylogenies and specifically in plants.






Julia Olivieri Julia

Julia is a visiting undergrad from Oberlin that is working on gene duplications.





Google Summer of Code Student: Chanda Phelan


Chanda is working on how to better visualize trees and graphs on the web. See Chanda’s updates here!