Assistant Professor of Biology
- Environmental Science
- Ph.D., University of Illinois
- M.S., Florida State University
- B.S., University of Texas, Austin
- B.A., University of Texas, Austin
Biology of Insects
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 regularly conducts research with students, often leading to publication in scientific journals. With his wife, Associate Professor of Geology Meg Streepey-Smith, Chris 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.
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
International Union for the Study of Social Insects
Entomological Society of America
Animal Behavior Society