Current Students

JOHN PARK: John became interested in how temporal fluctuations influence life history evolution and community composition after noting patterns of biting flies on the Canadian Tundra while doing research there on snow geese and small mammals. He is now exploring responses of the high tide pool copepod Tigriopus on Tatoosh Island and the adjacent mainland to regimes of wave wash, pool drying, temperature stress and rainfall by combining experiments and observations in tide pools with demographic modeling.  John received the 2018 Alfred Lotka Award for Best Poster from the Ecological Society of America in recognition of some of his dissertation research!  John has received the Marie Curie Post-doctoral fellowship and will be starting at Oxford in the fall. Publications involving work done while at U. of Chicago include:

Park, J.S. 2017. A race against time: habitat alteration by snow geese prunes the seasonal sequence of mosquito emergence in a subarctic brackish landscape. Polar Biology 40:553-561.

Park, J.S. 2019.  Cyclical environments drive variation in life history strategies: a general theory of cyclical phenology.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286.

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.