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Paleobiology, Biogeography,
Stable Isotope Ecology

Welcome to the Smiley Lab at the Ecology and Evolution Department at Stony Brook University! We are a team of evolutionary ecologists interested in how climate and landscape history shape the diversity, biogeography, and ecological structure of faunas across spatio-temporal scales. We test hypotheses about how changes in climate, topographic complexity, and habitat heterogeneity impact communities and ecological processes at local scales and govern diversity at regional scales.


To do so, we use the fossil record to investigate diversity patterns and paleoecology, focusing on the history of small mammals and environments during the Cenozoic. Our work on the past is conducted in parallel with investigations of modern and historical small-mammal populations across climatic and environmental gradients today. Our work takes place across a range of geographic regions differing in habitats, topographic complexity, and geologic history. 

To learn more about what we do and who we are, please visit the links above and follow us on Twitter.

Recent Lab News

Aug 23, 2020

Welcome Megan Wyatt and Imogene Welles to SBU E&E! Very excited to be starting the lab together with these two excellent PhD students!

Aug 19, 2020

Seven rules for simulations in paleobiology now out in Paleobiology. Enjoyed working with this fantastic #WomenInSTEM team!

Aug 03, 2020

We've arrived at Stony Brook University! Thrilled to be starting as Assistant Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Department.

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