Name Smith, Jennifer

Title/Department assistant professor/behavioral ecologist, biology

Phone 517-896-7376



Topic areas Animal behavior, conservation, diversity in STEM, wildlife, ecology, animals, cognition, cooperation, social behavior, leadership, female leadership, evolution, biology, carnivores, mammals, rodents, squirrels, birds, fish, sharks, women in STEM, nature, fieldwork, natural history, research, dominance, dogs, beavers, voles, spotted hyenas, African carnivores, coalitions.

Notes Our inclusive lab integrates perspectives from evolutionary ecology, animal behavior and physiology to understand how natural selection and current conditions shape decision-making in mammals. We combine long-term naturalistic observations of mammals with field experiments, genetic and endocrine analyses and quantitative tools (e.g., social networks, phylogenetics) to test evolutionary theory.