Faculty

Stephen Smith

Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Affiliations: Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology

Contact
eebsmith@umich.edu
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Stephen Smith

Research

Stephen Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The Smith lab group is primarily interested in examining evolutionary processes using new data sources and analysis techniques. They develop methods to address questions about the rates and modes of evolution using the large data sources (e.g., genomes and transcriptomes) that have become more common in the biological disciplines over the last ten years. In particular, they use DNA sequence data to construct phylogenetic trees and conduct analyses about processes that shape the evolution of lineages and their genomes using these trees. In addition to this research program, they also address how new data sources can facilitate new research in evolutionary biology. To this end, they sequence transcriptomes, primarily in plants, with the goal of better understanding where, within the genome and within the phylogeny, processes like gene duplication and loss, horizontal gene transfer, and increased rates of molecular evolution occur.

Research Areas

Biology Applications and Engineering
Data; Statistics and Stochastic Methods

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