Dena Smith

INSTAAR Affiliate

  • Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, CU Museum of Natural History
  • Associate Professor of Geological Sciences

Departments

Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-2011
MCOL W210C

Bio

Insects constitute the most diverse group of organisms on the planet and although they have received great attention from researchers who work on modern groups, there are only a few workers in the country who use the fossil record to study the evolution and ecology of insects. To study insect biodiversity, I work at very different spatial and temporal scales; conducting both in depth field-based research at targeted localities and large-scale literature based research across multiple geologic time intervals. I also conduct studies in modern ecosystems and in the lab in order to learn more about the specifics of plant-insect interactions and processes of fossilization.

See more at my research web site.