DANIEL SMITH: Daniel is broadly interested in evolutionary ecology, species distributions and species coexistence. His work largely uses theoretical analyses informed by meta-analyses of empirical studies. His early interests focused on modeling physiological constraints to predict range limits and how they will shift under climate change. His Ph.D. research addresses how multiple mechanisms of coexistence interact, with special attention to localized negative density dependent processes such as Connell-Janzen effects. He is addressing this question using varied approaches including extensions of competition-colonization tradeoff models and lottery models. Publications involving work done while at U. of Chicago include:
Smith, D. J. Smith and P. Amarasekare. 2018. Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Thermal Niche Partitioning. The American Naturalist 191, 3: E57-E75.