Peter David Smits




2017-2012 PhD Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago, USA

2012-2010 MSc (First Class Honours) Biological Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia.

2010-2006 BS Biology Ecology and Evolution, University of Washington, USA.


Peter D Smits. How macroecology affects macroevolution: the interplay between extinction intensity and trait-dependent extinction in brachiopods. In Prep. github repo.

Peter D Smits, Kenneth D Angielczyk, James F Parham, Bryan Stuart. Supervised learning approaches to classifying morphological variation: assessing taxonomic hypotheses for the Pacific Pond Turtle (Emys marmorata). In Prep.

Stewart M Edie, Peter D Smits, David Jablonski. Probabilistic models of species discovery and biodiversity comparisons. In Press

Peter D Smits. Expected time-invariant effects of biological traits on mammal species duration. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(42):13015–13020, 2015. link. github repo. DOI.

Liliana M Davalos, Paul M Velazco, Omar M Warsi, Peter D Smits, Nancy B Simmons. Integrating Incomplete Fossils by Isolating Conflicting Signal in Saturated and Non-Independent Morphological Characters. Systematic Biology, 63(4):582-600, 2014. link.

Christopher W Walmsley, Peter D Smits, Michelle R Quayle, Matthew R Mc-Curry, Heather S Richard, Christopher C. Oldfield, Stephen Wroe, Phillip D Clausen, and Colin R McHenry. Why the fong face? The mechanics of mandibular symphysis proportions in crocodiles. PLoS ONE, 8(1):e53873, January 2013. link.

Peter D Smits and Alistair R Evans. Functional constraints on tooth morphology in carnivorous mammals. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 12(1):146, August 2012. link. commentary by P David Polly.

Gregory P Wilson, Alistair R Evans, Ian J Corfe, Peter D Smits, Mikael Fortelius, and Jukka Jernvall. Adaptive radiation of multituberculate mammals before the extinction of dinosaurs. Nature, 483:457-460, 2012. link. NYTimes.

Abstracts and Conference talks. (last three years).


Peter D Smits. Quantifying phenotypic constraint and integration in morphological character data. Master's thesis, Monash University, 2012

Grants and Awards

Teaching and Instruction

Workshops and Internships



PLoS One, Systematic Biology

Professional Societies


English, French, R (advanced), Stan (intermediate), JAGS (basic).