Jim Smith

I am a Professor of Biology in the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University, where I teach primarily Introductory Biology, guide undergraduate research projects and lead seminar courses on genetic, evolutionary and environmental issues. I am jointly appointed in the MSU Department of Entomology and the Department of Integrative Biology, and MSU's interdepartmental graduate program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior. I am also a member of the NSF-funded BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

My students and I conduct research on the evolutionary relationships of Rhagoletis fruit flies and the parasitoid wasps associated with their eggs, larvae, and pupae. While we are interested in all aspects of the biology of Rhagoletis species, we are particularly interested in deciphering the evolutionary relationships of the naturally occuring Rhagoletis species and populations that are distributed across the temperate zones of the Old and New World.

We are also involved in a number of biology education initiatives and research projects, which are aimed towards helping students understand the relationships of genotypes, phenotypes, Mendelian genetics and biological evolution. One major project involves the design, implementation and assessment of a set of cases for evolution education that integrate principles from across biology's sub-disciplines. Another involves having students experiment with digital organisms, using the computer program Avida-ED, to explore how evolutionary processes play out.

Check out our Integrative Cases in Evolution Education at: www.evo-ed.org!

Check out Avida-ED at: avida-ed.msu.edu!

Jim Smith

Michigan State University

Lyman Briggs College

Department of Entomology

919 E Shaw Lane, Rm. W26C

288 Farm Lane, Rm. 439

Holmes Hall

Natural Sciences Building

East Lansing, MI 48825-3804

East Lansing, MI 48824-1115

tel: 517-353-3939

tel: 517-432-2029

fax: 517-432-2758

fax: 517-353-4354

email: jimsmith@msu.edu

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last updated April 21, 2015