The Committee on Evolutionary Biology (CEB) is a unique interdepartmental and inter-institutional graduate student training program dedicated to the study of Evolutionary Biology. Faculty and students in the program are engaged in interdisciplinary studies at time scales that range from single generations to the entire history of life and at organizational scales from the molecular to the global.
As a paleobiologist working in the disciplines of macroevolution and macroecology, I study fossils in order to understand biological processes specifically the emergent patterns wihin the evolutionary histories or ecological properties of multiple species. In my dissertation I analyze patterns of trait-dependent extinction and how the demography of a regional species pool changes over time. In order to understand how these patterns result from various interacting factors across multiple levels of organization, I use Bayesian multi-level modeling strategies to analyze how different biological and environmental factors are correlated with these emergent patterns.Read More about Peter Smits or visit the Spotlight Archive.