Felisa A. Smith
Department of Biology, University of New Mexico

Dr. Felisa A. Smith
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

fasmith@unm.edu

(505) 277-6725 (office)
(505) 277-3859 (lab)
(505) 277-0304 (fax)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Amelia Villasenor
Amelia Villasenor
Postdoc



Amelia's research strives to understand the macro and micro-ecological processes that shape the patterns of terrestrial mammalian community structure in both the fossil and extant record. Specifically, she is interested in the feedback mechanisms between mammal and plant communities and the effects of climate change on both.

Current Lab Members

Megan Balk
Meghan Balk
PhD Candidate



Meghan's research interests include investigating how dramatic changes in climate, habitat, and community structure affects evolution at the population, species, and community level. She is particularly interested in understanding drivers, rates, and trends of morphological change. Meghan will be moving to the Smithsonian in Spring 2017 to start a postdoc. Twitter handle: @MegBalk.
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Katlin Schroeder
Katlin Schroeder
PhD Candidate



Kat is interested in the community dynamics, physiology and paleoecology of the enigmatic megafauna of the Mesozoic. Her current research is primarily concerned with the community structure of non-avian theropods of the late Cretaceous from Dry Island, Alberta and the surrounding area. By examining the life history of non-avian theropods she is working towards establishing a functional understanding of the implications of body size and oviparity on dinosaur niche partitioning and competition.
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Catalina Tome
Catalina Tomé
PhD Candidate



Catalina is interested in how dramatic abiotic and biotic transitions influence the diets and morphology of small mammals. Her current research applies stable isotope analysis to determine shifts in the isotopic niche of small mammals from the late Pleistocene through the Holocene in North America—a period of considerable climate and community change. She is also applying geometric morphometrics to look at difference in molar characteristics across and between populations of the rodent genus Neotoma and to investigate if certain molar shapes are driven by diet or shared evolutionary history.

Marie Westover
Marie Westover
PhD Candidate



Marie is a biogeographer with a fondness for small mammals, natural history collections and alpine environments. Her dissertation research focuses on pika ecology and evolution across their range and over the past century of climate change. She uses museum collections, stable isotope analysis, and field-based observations to test ecological and biogeographical hypotheses.
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Jonathan Keller
Jonathan Keller
PhD Student



Jonathan is an incoming PhD student beginning in Fall 2017. His early research involved microCT-scanning North American small mammals to predict diet from 3D tooth and skull morphology. Having studied small mammals, he wants to expand to mammalian megafauna (and maybe non-avian dinosaurs). In particular, he hopes to use morphology to complement other biological tools to investigate ecological restructuring caused by the Late Pleistocene megafaunal extinction.

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Nicholas A. Freymueller
Masters Student

Nick is an Alaskan-American interested in how life has responded to environmental perturbations over Earth's history. He is currently researching how Ocean Anoxic Event 2 in the middle Cretaceous may have affected certain species of mollusks based on their ecological strategies. He is also transitioning into focusing on changes within mammalian taxa over the Cenozoic for his graduate work.

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Jonathan Cordova
Undergraduate Researcher



 

Kelly Lizewski
Kelly Lizewski
Undergraduate Researcher


Kelly joined the Smith lab in 2017 and is pursuing a B.S. in Biology. She is researching pika diet using stable isotopes of alpine vegetation and pika specimens and will venture into the mountains of northern New Mexico for related field research. She ultimately wants to work with conservation of marine mammals.  

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Dante Rangel
Undergraduate Researcher



 

Former Lab Members
Name Role Current Position
Kathleen Lyons Postdoctoral Fellow Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Nebraska
Christy McCain Postdoctoral Fellow Associate Professor and Curator of Vertebrates, University of Colorado Natural History Museum and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Larisa Harding PhD Student Terrestrial Research Program Manager, Arizona Game & Fish Department
Marcus Hamilton Postdoctoral Fellow Santa Fe Institute
Shawn Whiteman-Jennings MS student, Instructor Central New Mexico Community College
Clare Steinberg MS student Zookeeper, Albuquerque BioPark Zoo
Melissa Pardi PhD Student Postdoc, University of New Hampshire
Ian W. Murray PhD student Biologist, Pima County Conservation
Jessica Martin MS Student PhD Student, Stanford University
John Grady PhD student Postdoc, Bryn Mawr College
John Hammond Postdoctoral Fellow Asst. Professor, Marian University
Dolly Crawford PhD Student Asst Professor, Ashland University
Amy Ditto PhD Student Artist, Owner of Ghostwolf Gallery & Aperture Photography in Albuquerque
Kristin Youberg Undergrad Research High School Science Teacher
Adrienne Raniszewski Undergrad Research Staff Member, Museum of Southwest Biology

 

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