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Chris Smith
Associate Professor of Biology

Chris Smith is a teacher-scholar with particular interest in the ecology and evolution of societies, division of labor, the genetics and genomics of caste systems in ants. He has led the College's off-campus program in New Zealand.

“I chose to work at Earlham in order to interact directly with students in and out of the classroom.  I enjoy being at a place that practices its principles (respect, integrity, simplicity, and community),” says Chris.

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 55

Phone
765-983-1377

E-mail

Office
136 Stanley Hall

Website
Website Link

Programs/Departments

  • Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Anthrozoology Integrated Pathway

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois
  • M.S., Florida State University
  • B.S., University of Texas, Austin
  • B.A., University of Texas, Austin

Selected Courses:

Ecological Biology
Biological Diversity
Biology of Insects
Bioinformatics
Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Genomics

The ecology and evolution of societies, division of labor, the genetics and genomics of caste systems in ants.

The nature and nurture of caste determination in social insects from gene expression to ecology. Comparative genomics in ants. Ant foraging ecology and decision making.

A complete list of my publications is online at Google Scholar.

International Union for the Study of Social Insects
Entomological Society of America
Animal Behavior Society

In order to interact directly with students in and out of the classroom.  To be at a place that practices its principles (respect, integrity, simplicity, and community).

The genomics of caste determination in harvester ants

Optimal foraging in slime molds

The metagenomics of agricultural soils

The trophic ecology of division of labor in insect societies

New Zealand Program (2014)

Family.  I'd love to play more sports (tennis, volleyball, soccer) if I could.

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