Welcome to the Smith lab! In the picture on the right, we actually have most of the grad students, postdocs, and visitors in the lab in one picture (with the exception of Hector - sorry Hector!).
PI: Stephen A. Smith
I work on questions related to plant evolution, detecting and describing large scale patterns of evolution, examining differences in the rate of molecular evolution, morphological evolution, genomics, and geography. 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.
Joey is working on the evolution of fire tolerance in Acacia.
Tom is interested in divergence time estimation and other comparative techniques. He is working on both the Ericales and metabolomics of Caryophyllales.
Jake Berv is a Michigan Life Sciences postdoc that is working on the evolution of birds using genomics, paleontology, and new comparative techniques.
Avinash is interested in methods for uniting ecology and evolution, especially those related to epidemiology. Avinash is also jointly mentored with [Aaron King].
Keyi is working on the evolution of arctic and alpine plants, especially in the Caryophyllales and the Ericales.
images of Hector are hard to find
Hector is working on community phylogenetics and ecology using new theory and methods.
Will is working on machine learning techniques for evolution and ecology.
Diana is joint with Chris Dick and this lab and works on systematics in the Ericales clade.
Raquel is also joint with Chris Dick and this lab and works on systematics in the Ericales clade.
James joined from University of Arkansas and is currently a postdoc with Dr. Brian O’Meara.
Sanjana is working with Joey on chloroplast evolution in Fabaceae.
Yi Chieh Huang
Drew is working on the Ericales.
Lijun is working on Aizoaceae.
Hannah joined the lab to work on Andean plant diversity and cold plant evolution.
Joined the lab and is working on bird evolution, phylogenomics, and phylogenetic conflict.
Joe a graduate student working on mammal molecular evolution and phylogenomics.
Comes to us from the NSF collections postdoc program. Greg is looking at geography, paleo, and phylogenetics.
Oscar Mauricio Vargas Hernandez
Joined the lab and is working with Chris Dick and I on Andean plant evolution.
Simon joined the lab to work on the Open Tree of Life and building a tree for Fungi.
Joseph was a postdoc working on the Open Tree of Life and has moved on to a research position in England.
Ya was a postdoc working on transcriptomics and is now a professor at UMinn! Her website can be found here.
James was a postdoc and got a position at Wake Forest in 2016!
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.