Thomas                         Smith

Thomas Smith


phone:  310-206-4712
fax:  310-825-5446
office:  La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
lab:  Terasaki Life Sciences Building, Room 4162

Recent Courses

ENVIRON 121 – Conservation of Biodiversity
ENVIRON 193 – Journal Club Seminars: Environment
ENVIRON 170 - Environmental Science Colloquium
EEB 114A – Ornithology
EEB 297 – Selected Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

Currently, my research focuses on:

1. Mechanisms of speciation,

2. Ecological and evolutionary aspects of vertebrate-mediated seed dispersal in the maintenance and dynamics of rainforests,

3. Molecular genetic approaches to investigating microevolutionary divergence and population genetic structure of migrant birds,

4. Evolution of resource polymorphisms,

5. Ecology of disease, and

6. Conservation biology.

Field sites include West Africa, North, South, and Central America, and Australia.

In addition to my appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, I am also the Director of the Center for Tropical Research (CTR), a part of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES)

Selected Publications

Rundel CW, Wunder MB, Alvarado AH, Ruegg KC, Harrigan R, Schuh A, Kelly JF, Siegal RB, DeSante DF, Smith TB, Novembre J., "Novel statistical methods for integrating genetic and stable isotope data to infer individual-level migratory connectivity", Molecular Ecology, 22 : 4163-4176 (2013) .

Smith, T. B., R. J. Harrigan, A. N. G. Kirschel, W. Buermann, S. Saatchi, D. T. Blumstein, S. R. de Kort, and H. Slabbekoorn, "Predicting bird song from space", Evolutionary Applications, 10 : 1-10 (2013) [link].

Karubian, J., R. Duraes, J. L. Storey, and T. B. Smith, "Mating behavior drives seed dispersal by the Long-wattled Umbrellabird Cephalopterus penduliger", Biotropica, 44 (5): 689-698 (2012) .

Chaves, J. A., P. G. Parker, and T. B. Smith, "Origin and population history of a recent colonizer, the yellow warbler in Galpagos and Cocos Islands", Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 25 (3): 509-521 (2012) .

Kirschel, A. N. G., H. Slabbekoorn, D. T. Blumstein, R. E. Cohen, S. R. De Kort, W. Buermann, and T. B. Smith, "Testing alternative hypotheses for evolutionary diversification in an African songbird: Rainforest refugia versus ecological gradients", Evolution, 65 : 3162-3174 (2011) .

Thomassen, H. A., T. Fuller, W. Buermann, B. Milá, C. M. Kieswetter, P. Jarrín-V., S. E. Cameron, E. Mason, R. Schweizer, J. Schlunegger, J. Chan, O. Wang, M. Peralvo, C. J. Schneider, C. H. Graham, J. P. Pollinger, S. Saatchi, R. K. Wayne, and T. B. Smith, "Mapping evolutionary process: a multi-taxa approach to conservation prioritization", Evolutionary Applications, 4 : 397-413 (2011) .

Freedman, A. H., H. A. Thomassen, W. Buermann, and T. B. Smith, "Genomic signals of diversification along ecological gradients in a tropical lizard", Molecular Ecology, 19 : 3773-3788 (2010) .

Thomassen, H. A., Z. A Cheviron, A. H. Freedman, R. J. Harrigan, R. K. Wayne, and T. B. Smith, "Spatial modeling and landscape-level approaches for visualizing intra-specific variation", Molecular Ecology, 19 : 3532-3548 (2010) .

Chasar, A., C. Loiseau, G, Valkinas, T. Iezhova, T. B. Smith, and R. N. M. Sehgal, "Prevalence and diversity patterns of avian blood parasites in degraded African rainforest habitats", Molecular Ecology, 18 : 4121-4133 (2009) .

Kirschel, A. N. G., D. T. Blumstein, and T. B. Smith, "Character displacement of song and morphology in African tinkerbirds", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106 : 8256-8261 (2009) .