Felisa Smith, Ph.D. (she/her)
Welcome to the Smith Lab!
We work in the area of conservation paleoecology. After all, most of the pressing environmental issues of modern life, including climate change and biodiversity loss, have happened before in earth history. What’s different this time is the driver.
I am particularly interested in the role body size plays as a means of adaptation to climate change, and in the structure and function of ecological communities. Why are animals the size they are? What are the ecological and evolutionary consequences of being a certain size? What complex and dynamic tradeoffs exist between physiology, life history, environment, phylogeny, and past history? I try to bridge the gap between paleontology and modern biology by examining factors influencing body size across both ecological and evolutionary time. I tend to work mostly with mammals, because frankly, I find them more interesting than other taxa. Maybe it’s the fur.
You can view a copy of my CV here.