M. Alex Smith, Ph.D.


Biomonitoring 2.0 – Research Collaborator

Assistant Professor – Department of Integrative Biology and Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph

Dr. Smith works in both the field and laboratory to integrate field and molecular biology into questions of ecological and evolutionary importance to conservation. His current projects include molecular estimates of biodiversity and the distribution of phylogenetic diversity, the co-evolutionary ecology of host/parasitoid/symbiont relationships and the phylogeography of both ants and amphibians. Within the Biomonitoring 2.0 project, Dr. Smith will be investigating ecological and evolutionary questions using environmental genomic data gathered from terrestrial arthropods.


B.Sc. – Trent University

M.Sc. – Trent University (1998)

Ph.D. – McGill University (2004)


Select Publications

Fernandez-Triana J*, Smith MA*, Bodreault C, Goulet H, Hebert PDN, Smith AC, Roughley R. 2011. A poorly known high-latitude parasitoid wasp community: unexpected diversity and dramatic changes through time. PLoS one 6(8): e23719. (*these authors made equal contributions and are considered first co-authors).

Smith MA, Eveleigh ES, McCann KS, Merilo MT, McCarthy PC, Van Rooyen KI. 2011. Barcoding a quantified food web: crypsis, concepts, ecology, and hypotheses. PLoS one 6(7): e14424.

Smith MA, Fisher BL. 2009. Invasions, DNA barcodes, and rapid biodiversity assessment using ants of Mauritius. Frontiers in Zoology 6: 31.

Smith MA, Fernandez-Triana J, Roughley R, Hebert PDN. 2009. DNA barcode accumulation curves for understudied taxa and areas. Molecular Ecology Resources 9s1: 208-216.

Smith MA, Rodriguez JJ, Whitfield JB, Deans AR, Janzen DH, Hallwachs W, Hebert PDN. 2008. Extreme diversity of tropical parasitoid wasps exposed by iterative integration of natural history, DNA barcoding, morphology, and collections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 105(34): 12359-12364.



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