Chris Smith, Ph.D.
Associate professor of biology
Program: Anthrozoology applied minor
Sustainable Agriculture applied minor
Location: Stanley Hall Room 136
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374
I am a teacher-scholar with a particular interest in the ecology and evolution of societies, division of labor, the genetics and genomics of caste systems in ants. I have led the College’s off-campus program in New Zealand.
My favorite activities are: Family. I’d love to play more sports (tennis, volleyball, soccer) if I could.
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).
- Ph.D., University of Illinois
- M.S., Florida State University
- B.S., University of Texas, Austin
- B.A., University of Texas, Austin
- International Union for the Study of Social Insects
- Entomological Society of America
- Animal Behavior Society
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.
Collaborative student research experiences
- 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
Off-campus study experiences
New Zealand Program (2014)
The ecology and evolution of societies, division of labor, the genetics and genomics of caste systems in ants.
A complete list of my publications is online at Google Scholar.