ecology and evolution

Research Project | 2016

Ecology and Evolution


Africa, Australia, Bahamas, Canada (British Columbia), Ecuador

Our research links behavior to ecology, conservation, and evolution in a wide range of systems around the world. Past research has focused on how behavioral variation impacts basic ecological processes such as seed dispersal in tropical forests. Other research projects address the evolution of sexual dimorphism and mate choice and the fitness consequences of behavioral variation in several taxa, including lizards and birds. We link behavior to the conservation of endangered species, the distributions of different taxa, and the dynamics of populations as they move between breeding and overwintering grounds. We use a broad range of techniques to study behavior, including observations, field and laboratory-based experiments, and molecular approaches such as microsatellites and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP).

Related Publications

Prescriptive evolution to conserve and manage biodiversity

Smith, T.B; Kinnison, M.; Strauss, S.; Fuller, T.; Scott, P.

Published Work | 2014 | Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 45, 1.1–1.22

A role for migration-linked genes in genomic islands in divergence of a songbird

Ruegg, K. C.; Anderson, E. C.; Boone, J.; Pouls, J.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2014 | Molecular Ecology 23(19), 4757–4769

Predicting bird song from space

Smith, T. B.; Harrigan, R. J.; Kirschel, A. N.; Buermann, W.; Saatchi, S.; Blumstein, D. T.; de Kort, S. R.; Slabbekoorn, H.

Published Work | 2013 | Evolutionary Applications 6(6), 865–874

Comparative avian biodiversity of five mountains in northern Cameroon and Bioko

Larison, B.; Smith, T. B.; Fotso, R.; McNiven, D.

Published Work | 2010 | Ostrich 71, 269–276

Genomic signals of diversification along ecological gradients in a tropical lizard

Freedman, A. H.; Thomassen, H. A.; Buermann, W.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2010 | Molecular Ecology 19(17), 3773–3788

Integrating paleoecology and genetics of bird populations in two sky island archipelagos

McCormack, J. E.; Bowen, B. S.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2008 | BMC Biology 6(28)

Evaluating the divergence-with-gene-flow model in natural population: the importance of ecotones in rainforest speciation

Smith, T. B.; Wayne, R. K.; Girman, D.; Bruford, M. W.

Published Work | 2005 | University of Chicago Press: Chicago, Chicago, USA, 148–165

A comparison of variation between a MHC pseudogene and microsatellite loci of the little greenbul (Androparus virens)

Aguilar, A.; Smith, T. B.; Wayne, R. K.

Published Work | 2005 | BMC Evolutionary Biology 5 (47)

Putting process on the map: Why ecotones are important for preserving biodiversity

Smith, T. B.; Saatchi, S.; Graham, C.; Slabbekoorn, H.; Spicer, G.

Published Work | 2005 | Phylogeny and Conservation

Costs and benefits of variable breeding plumage in the red-backed fairy-wren

Karubian, J.

Published Work | 2002 | Evolution 56(8), 1673–1682

Bird song, ecology and speciation

Slabbekoorn, H.; Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 2002 | Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society 357(1420), 493-503

The behavioural ecology of the island fox (Urocyon littoralis)

Roemer, G. W.; Smith, D. A.; Garcelon, D. K.; Wayne, R. K.

Published Work | 2001 | Journal of Zoology 2001, 255(1), 1–14

A test of alternative models of diversification in tropical rainforest: ecological gradients vs. rainforest refugia

Schneider, C.; Smith, T. B.; Larison, B.; Moritz, C.

Published Work | 1999 | roceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 96(24), 13869–13873

Bill size polymorphism and interspecific niche utilization in an African finch

Smith, T. B.

Published Work | 1987 | Nature 329, 717-719