Dena Smith

INSTAAR Affiliate

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


Contact Information

(Office) 303 735-2011


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.