Selena Smith

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Selena Smith

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Program in the Environment (PitE)

Mailing Address
3508 C.C. Little
1100 North University Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005

Office Location(s): 3508 CC Little
Phone: 734.615.5055
Fax: 734.763.4690

  • Affiliation(s)
    • College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA)
    • Program in the Environment
  • Fields of Study
    • Plant systematics and anatomy, paleobotany, taphonomy, role of plants in ancient environments
  • About

    I am interested in using modern and fossil plants to understand evolution of plants and the environment. My main group of interest is the monocots, a group of flowering plants comprising important taxa such as grasses, sedges, palms, orchids, lilies, gingers, and seagrasses. I use multiple techniques in my studies including phylogenetic analysis, palynology, phytoliths, anatomy, morphology, and more recently, 3D techniques such as synchrotron radiation X-ray tomographic microscopy to investigate modern and fossil specimens to place them in a broader systematic and environmental context.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Systematics and Evolution, University of Alberta, 2007
    • B.Sc. (Honors) Evolutionary Biology, University of Alberta, 2002