Nathan Smith

Graduate Students
Graduate Assistant/Associate
Campus:
TEMPE
Mailcode:
4601

Student Information

Graduate Student
Animal Behavior
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography

I am an Animal Behavior PhD candidate interested in studying the relationships between nutritional and behavioral ecology. I received a BS in Biology with a minor in Anthropology from Juniata College in 2013. As an undergraduate I studied site restoration following mortality of an invasive allelopathic tree species with Dr. Norris muth, tested a method for mapping DNA damage on the genomic scale under Dr. Peter Dedon at MIT, and analyzed the mechanism of retrotransposition in Saccharomyces cerevisiae for my honors thesis with Dr. Jill Keeney. My PhD work focuses on how leafcutter ants regulate their relative collection of macronutrients, and the role of macronutrient content in leaf selection.

Research Interests

Behavior, nutritional ecology, ecology, evolution, ecological constraints on evolution.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
BIO 361 Animal Physiology Laboratory
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
BIO 345 Evolution
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 281 ConceptualApproachBioMajors I
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
BIO 282 ConceptualApproachBioMajors II