Dr. Felisa A. Smith
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
(505) 277-6725 (office)
(505) 277-3859 (lab)
(505) 277-0304 (fax)
My 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, I am interested in the feedback mechanisms between mammal and plant communities and the effects of climate change on both.
My research interests include investigating how dramatic changes in climate, habitat, and community structure affects evolution at the population, species, and community level. I am particularly interested in understanding drivers, rates, and trends of morphological change. I will be moving to the Smithsonian in spring 2017 to start a postdoc. Twitter handle: @MegBalk.
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.
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, to investigate if certain molar shapes are driven by diet or shared evolutionary history.
Marie is a PhD candidate in the Smith Lab. She 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
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.
|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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